[ubuntu-uk] What do non-techies like the most about Ubuntu?

Robin Menneer robinmenneer at gmail.com
Wed May 16 10:35:58 BST 2007

On 5/15/07, Chris Rowson <christopherrowson at gmail.com> wrote:
> I thought it'd be interesting to find out what it is that impresses
> new non-techie users the most about Ubuntu.
> For people who are 'into' IT it may be engineering, adaptability or
> the politics of FOSS. For the large majority though it's likely to be
> something quite different.
> I hope that this information will help us sell Ubuntu more effectively
> and help focus in on some themes that can be included in future
> marketing campaigns (like the leaflet suggestion for instance).
> Here's my example.
> Like many IT folks, I'm the unpaid tech support to an array of family
> and friends. Anyone who comes to me wanting a basic desktop (ie - who
> doesn't want to play computer games) gets Ubuntu.
> What has surprised me is that the most commented on feature of Ubuntu
> from the perspective of the non-technical user is the add/remove
> programs menu option. People seem to be very impressed that they can
> simply click a button and quality software appears for free, ready to
> use on their computer.
> Surely more can be made of this to punt the feature to new potential
> users....
> Any other examples ?
> Chris

Like your people I was and am deeply impressed with the Add/Remove facility
(it keeps me away from the dreaded terminal) but it lacks depth.  Alter
looking through the list of software and finding two or three that
attracted  me, I couldn't easily find a definitive list of thickie
application programs on the web.  they are scattered all over the place and
I had to use this list to find what I wanted.   I had expected some sort of
link(s) attached somewhere in the add.remove sector which took me to a long
list of free applications which did something for me outside of just getting
the computer to work,  A keyword search facility should be atttached.
 I use Ububtu because it is reliable, free and friendly   Robin.

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