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

Sarah Chard sarah at streetentertainers.co.uk
Tue May 8 19:05:28 UTC 2012

n Tue, 2012-05-08 at 18:10 +0100, Andy Braben wrote:

>         > 
>         well lots of people use smartphone apps everyday just because
>         they own an android or iphone but have probably never been
>         near the boot menu on their computer  - so the idea is  it
>         would just tell you which keys to press to get to the boot
>         menu on your particular machine and then how you can choose
>         your boot option.
>         We will  include the info on our website as well - so it's
>         easy  to find online 
>         Sarah
> Personally, while I see this as very useful information and well worth
> doing on a website - why do you want an Android app? The website is
> just as viewable on a phone as it is on any other computer. 
> -- 
> Regards,
> Andy

We were looking at ways to make it easier and more comfortable for
people who were not used to doing it to boot from USB or CD into a linux
distro - specifically Tuxedu.

We had already decided to try to gather this info for our use and to put
it on the website when someone offered to write an android app - this
spurred us into action

Its just different ways to present the info in a way that's easy for
people who don't consider themselves 'technical' to use  -  if we want
to get more people using Ubuntu we have to make it easier for them to
start - if they fall at the first hurdle because they don't understand
what a boot menu is or are too scared to change options then they won't
discover how easy Ubuntu is to use.

you can quickly forget how intimidating these things are for many people
- but if you walk them through how to boot (as we have done with a room
full of parents) and explain what and why they are doing it you will
have more chance of them actually using the distro in the longterm. 


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