Proposition for a xubuntu support page
info at ablomen.nl
Wed Apr 8 19:22:47 BST 2009
This morning there was some talk about how to get (new) xubuntu users to
join #xubuntu on irc if they need help instead of #ubuntu which is
default for most/all irc clients.
Instead of using default-settings packages and the likes to change the
default channel to connect to when an irc client is first run, create a
one-stop-shop support page on the xubuntu website which is linked to
from a launcher in the xfce menu.
This page would have a web-based irc client (like mibbit) embedded and
links to the different sources of documentation and places to post your
I have made a demo of how I imagine a page like this would work:
NOTE: I have only successfully tested the demo in firefox
In the top box there is a short text about the different places where
you can get help, you can collapse this box to have more room for the
frames that hold the different websites and the chat client.
Under the top box is a bar where you can switch between the different
websites that offer the help, a button to collapse/expand the top box
and a search bar where you can directly search the different websites.
On the right side there is also an expandable box which holds the irc
client. This could be mibbit which is set-up to automatically log in to
#xubuntu on freenode after you enter your desired username. This box
would not be reloaded when switching between the different tabs and
searching the different sites.
It should be possible to stay inside the page while browsing the
different support websites and clicking on links supplied by people over
irc so people would stay in the same environment while searching for a
solution for their problem.
This might make getting help easier for people that are just starting to
use xubuntu by getting all the different sources of help in one place.
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