[Ubuntu-us-ok] ideas for the OK LOCO

Billie Walsh bilwalsh at swbell.net
Wed Aug 15 09:20:52 BST 2007

There was some talk a while back about giving out disks at the Saturday
Sale and such. I would assume [ I know one should never "assume"
anything ] that most of those that receive a disk would be newbies. So,
they take it home and plug it. Now what?

There needs to be some form of documentation along with the disk.
Something that tells them some of the things they need to know to get
started. Things like what to expect from a Live CD. What it will do and
what it won't.

So they like what they see and decide to install it. There needs to be
information about dual booting with Windows and the setup process.

After it's installed and working they need to know what will and won't
work straight out of the box, so to speak. Perhaps something that leads
them to the Oklahoma site to get information about how to get all those
little nuisance bits working, like MP3's and DVD's [ I know, I know -
there's a bunch of stuff about DRM and copyright and all that stuff -
BUT, people WILL want to use their computer for some of these things ]

I've been using Linux almost exclusively [ 99.9999999999% ] for about
two years now and I still consider myself a major "newby". For someone
to start it up for the first time can be/is very daunting. So many
things that aren't spelled out in simple english in an easy to locate
place. Like trying to find Medibuntu and how to add it as an install
source without directions when you don't even know it exists.

The whole point is to make their first experience with Ubuntu/Linux as
pleasant as possible. If they get frustrated they will blow it off and
tell all their friends how lousy it is. That's NOT a desired outcome.

Just some things to think about.

Billie Walsh
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