[ubuntu-uk] Precise - some thoughts .....

Bill Baker boosys at gmail.com
Sun May 6 20:40:43 UTC 2012

On Sun, 2012-05-06 at 21:17 +0100, Barry Drake wrote:
> Hi there ....  One of many things I've learned from spending time on 
> Ubuntu Answers and AskUbuntu is that a significant number of folk are 
> totally confused because they have a wubi installation.  In many cases I 
> have spotted this early on in the process of trying to help.  One lady 
> was asked (not by me) to boot from the live-DVD and click the 'Try 
> Ubuntu' option.  She does not get the 'Try Ubuntu' option.  To her, 
> booting meant putting the disk in while Windows was running.  She does 
> have a wubi installation with a failed upgrade that I think we may sort out.
> Now, we have a significant number of ordinary folk familiar only with 
> Windows, wanting to try Ubuntu.  I'd like to see a change in the Autorun 
> behaviour under Windows.  Rather than automatically firing wubi up, I'd 
> like to see the autorun bring up an HTML page with several links and an 
> explanation about exactly what wubi is and does.  Then the suggestion 
> that the user ought to first try Ubuntu with full instructions as to how 
> to boot from a DVD in really basic terms.  Most computers these days 
> come with the bios options NOT set to boot from anything other than a 
> hard-drive.
> One question I'm painfully working through is from someone who is 
> thinking of using wubi simply because when he starts the computer it 
> does not boot from the DVD.  He actually wants to try Ubuntu to see if 
> it's for him.  Wubi would not be right in this case, and BIOS settings 
> are a foreign word to him.  I'm trying really hard to explain with 
> little success so far, what they are about.
> Any thoughts on this from you guys?
> Regards,        Barry.
> -- 
> Barry Drake is a member of the the Ubuntu Advertising team.
> http://ubuntuadverts.org/
Not quite the situation, but...

This very morning I had a wonderful example of similar.  the user was,
however, communicating via their desktop pooter whilst about to try
Ubuntu on their netbook.  It was a wonderful case of Four questions
asked - four questions answered - Ubuntu installed.

The difference here is that the user had enough nouse to ask before
use.... if only the situation you describe could replicate that, then
all would be good.

Bill B. [SuperEngineer]

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