Website request: include an easy-to-get-to link to downloads

Patrik Bubák bubapa at
Tue Nov 17 00:53:57 UTC 2015

I agree with what has been said. We've discussed this a long time ago with the marketing team and the new website will definitely be more straighforward.

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Subject: Re: Website request: include an easy-to-get-to link to downloads
Local Time: November 16 2015 11:00 pm
UTC Time: November 16 2015 10:00 pm
From: lbsolost at
To: steve.lorimer at,amjjawad at
CC: ubuntu-gnome at

On 11/16/2015 03:17 PM, Steve Lorimer wrote:

Hi Ali.

The way I explained how to download Ubuntu Gnome wasn't an attempt to help people find the download link. It was a step-by-step run down of the process I had to go through in order to find the link as a newcomer to the distro and the website.

In doing do, I was attempting to illustrate just how difficult and convoluted the hoops are one has to go through in order to download it.

IMHO I don't think making the download link difficult to find will make people any more or less likely to read the release notes. If people are too lazy to read the release notes then they're not going to read them, regardless of how hard it is to find the download link.

The pages you linked to ( and []( both prominently implore people to read the release notes.

Would it not be reasonable to have a Download page with nothing other than the above 2 links on them?

Seems reasonable to me.


On 16 November 2015 at 01:31, Ali/amjjawad <amjjawad at> wrote:

Hello Steve and everyone else,

My apology for the delay but I don't login here when it's the weekends. I take 2 days off from everything hoping to recharge and think clearly to solve my problems during the week and working at home, etc etc. So Sat and Sun are my off days :)

On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 1:43 AM, Steve Lorimer <steve.lorimer at> wrote:

IMHO, I think it is frustratingly difficult to download Ubuntu Gnome.

Appreciate your feedback :)

Here is how you currently download:

Google Ubuntu Gnome

This leads to [](

Read the page until you see: The latest stable release is Ubuntu GNOME 15.10.

This leads to a blog post: [](

Read until you see: Get Ubuntu GNOME 15.10. Click on Download Ubuntu GNOME 15.10

This takes you to: [](

Read until you find Please use the torrent link to download. Click on that link.

This takes you to [](

Read until you find Ubuntu bittorrent files can be found at []( Click on that link.

This takes you to [](

Find and click on the appropriate link: Ubuntu GNOME. Click on that link.

This takes you to [](

Click 15.10

This takes you to [](

Click release

This takes you to [](

Find the appropriate file: ubuntu-gnome-15.10-desktop-amd64.iso.torrent

Would it not be reasonable to have a link to the torrent directly on the homepage?

Something like:

Download latest version 15.10 via BitTorrent

For reasons why bittorrent is best, and other ways to download if required, click here.



IMHO, the way you explained and described it is really hard for anyone. Allow me to make life much easier for you and the rest :)

Let's start from zero:

- Open your browser.

- Type: and then press Enter.

- Go to "Download" tab on the top of the page directly if you're willing to download any version without reading anything else and find the last link that says "Download Ubuntu GNOME" and by the way, the page is short so no need to scroll down a lot to reach there anyway - OR - simply go directly to: and I'd suggest here to bookmark that very important page.

- On the page, you will find a tree-view links on the right side of the page. Click on the version you wish to download and get.

- Once you choose which version you need, you will go to the desired page. There are 2 pages, one for the Non-LTS and the other for LTS releases: and and that's all.

So, which scenario is easier now? ;)

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Of course, there is a reason and a very valid one why I haven't made it a one-click download. Because people are too lazy to read the release notes and then, they rain our mailing list with tons of emails complaining ;)

If you want me to make it one-button download links then please, do find some extra hands to help us here!

Otherwise, it is usually one 3-5 people are active and the rest are? no idea ...

Hope that helps?


Remember: "All of us are smarter than any one of us."

Best Regards,


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