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

Robin Menneer robinmenneer at gmail.com
Thu May 17 10:20:26 BST 2007


On 5/17/07, christopher chatfield <me at chrischatfield.com> wrote:
>
> 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
> >         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.
>
> 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.
>
> hris
> >
> >
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> Why should I have to use synaptic when the Add/Remove faciity aready
> exists.  This is what I mean about things getting complicated.  Robin
>
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