[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu Printer test page

Paul Mellors paul at paulmellors.net
Tue Jan 18 10:02:54 UTC 2011

On 01/18/2011 09:56 AM, Paul Sladen wrote:
> Hello people,
> Ubuntu currently ships a printer test page, which looks something
> like this:
>    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickj365/4125843224/
> and hundreds of thousands (millions...) of these get printed each year
> by people setting up their printer because the default action offered
> to the user to to print a test page after adding the printer.
> Virtually all of these sheets are only usable as scrap-paper
> afterwards and a lot probably go straight in the bin.  It's also
> currently not that attractive.
> Question is, could we do something more *useful* with these instead,
> that would allow them to have a meaningful secondary purpose.
> I thought of:
>    * A4 advert "I run X/K/Ubuntu"
>    * My Foobar 2700 duplex printer works with Ubuntu, does yours?
>    * An envelope or magic-folding return-form:
>        http://www.letterfu.com/index.php [*]
>    * Some other zero-cut origami design (animal of the latest release?)
> And perhaps you could think of a few more.  My hope would be that the
> output could have some longevity, perhaps spark some more interest in
> Ubuntu.
> This is a bit like the installer in some ways, originally that was
> just a progress bar and now it's an interactive slideshow introducing
> many of the features and look of Ubuntu.
> 	-Paul
> [*] This was done by a Friend a few years back, and I still find it
> ingenious, it uses diagonal folds that self-interlock and are sealed
> together by sticking down the stamp.
What about some picture that children can colour in?


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