[ubuntu-uk] 12.04 Unity intro poster

Keith Burnett kpb at sohcahtoa.org.uk
Wed Apr 25 21:52:45 UTC 2012

Hello all and Alan 

I am not actually advocating the use of the poster. The choice of resources in any situation must be made by each facilitator bearing in mind the needs of the group that they are working with.

The idea for the poster came from responses to questions from people on the Ubuntuforums Ubuntu + 1 subforum. I simply thought that an introduction to Unity for those who have not made the journey through 11.04 and 11.10 might be useful for some people.

Best of luck with your work.

I would be interested in the outcome of the 'user trial' that has been mentioned as well.

Keith Burnett

-----Original Message-----
From: alan c <aeclist at candt.waitrose.com>
Sender: ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:13:45 
To: <ubuntu-uk at lists.ubuntu.com>
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Subject: Re: [ubuntu-uk] 12.04 Unity intro poster

On 25/04/12 20:54, Barry Drake wrote:
> On 25/04/12 17:08, alan c wrote:
>> A lot of careful work, certainly. But I would not want to point my 
>> novices to it, for them it is a page of detail stuff which I think 
>> would frighten them. And why does linux need a instructions? What 
>> about a similar page for Windows 7, for comparison? 
> Alan - I'm not entirely sure I agree.  The language and examples are 
> very simply put.  I'm expecting to upgrade my sister from 10.04 to 12.04 
> fairly soon.  I'll ask her to look at it.  I'll also ask her 
> stepdaughter to take a look.  She is almost entirely Windows (although 
> she has recently started work at SpecSavers).

Hi Barry. I am dealing with 60 plus ages and they are all technophobes
using Ubuntu without reading any instructions at all. Some are adults
with learning difficulty. The thought of even -me- needing to look at
such an information diagram is an unpleasant thought for me. It is
ironic indeed that Ubuntu gets to rival a Mac in GUI simplicity, and
straight away it is advocated that a technical diagram is needed to
explain it!  It reminds me (with grim humour) of the 'I'm sorry I
haven't a clue' item of 'one song to the tune of another', where the
chair deliberately obfuscates the rules.  When unity was user tested
formally, what written instructions were provided? I bet, none. By
making such diagrams  very public it is signalling I think quite
wrongly that the GUI is difficult. I think that is a bad message for
public broadcast. Thinking advertising here. Anyway, there will be a
best target audience, but I am sure it will not anyone I help.
Good luck though. (Watch their eyes)
alan cocks

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