Not a bash, just the facts
kentborg at borg.org
Wed Mar 22 16:08:31 UTC 2006
On Wed, Mar 22, 2006 at 08:20:45AM -0600, Michael V. De Palatis wrote:
> Perhaps there could be some way to have these explained very
> easily upon install. I don't know the best way, but perhaps as an
> example, when logging in for the first time, an HTML file is opened
> that clearly explains all the issues such as these (it could even be
> included in the Ubuntu default startpage in Firefox, for example --
> quite honestly, this would be exponentially more useful than the
> current "About Ubuntu" start page anyway, since users have probably
> already read at least some of this if they bothered to install
Hear, hear! The current start page is of very little use to a new
user, particularly when it wastes the valuable top section ("above the
fold") with such boring stuff.
A new user will probably be interested in:
- How can I do familiar things I expect from a computer?
- What shiny cool things can I do that I maybe didn't expect?
- How do I _______? (FAQ of new user problems)
- Where do I get more help for free? Where can I get paid support?
- Knowing that Ubuntu is an OS (like MS Windows but different),
except it is free (not bootleg, nothing illegal, just
free--really). OK to give a copy to friends--please do so.
And this has me thinking. Maybe Ubuntu needs an official "user
manual". That is, a book size work of maybe 200 pages (i.e., a
bounded scope, substantial but not overwhelming, and not the open
ended disorientation the web offers), requires little experience
beyond mouse and keyboard familarity, is useful as both a reference
and start-to-finish read, can be purchased in physical form or read
online for free. Or, does this already exist?
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