[ubuntu-uk] What do non-techies like the most about Ubuntu?
me at chrischatfield.com
Thu May 17 08:45:45 BST 2007
On Wed, 2007-05-16 at 10:35 +0100, Robin Menneer wrote:
> On 5/15/07, Chris Rowson <christopherrowson at gmail.com> wrote:
> I thought it'd be interesting to find out what it is that
> 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
> and help focus in on some themes that can be included in
> marketing campaigns (like the leaflet suggestion for
> Here's my example.
> Like many IT folks, I'm the unpaid tech support to an array of
> 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
> from the perspective of the non-technical user is the
> 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 ?
> 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.
BTW you could use synaptic, perhaps that's whats needed,
an even more graphical synaptic with a tree structure for
displaying related packages eg: Networking>Mail>Clients>Kmail.
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