For the website team - improvement to webpage
pasi at shimmerproject.org
Wed Mar 22 11:41:52 UTC 2017
while I see where you're coming from, I think there are a few good
reasons not to mention the forcepae option.
First, I believe the group of potential users with processors that can
support PAE with the forcepae is relatively small (note: we do not have
any exact numbers on this, it's just an educated guess). In any case,
even if the group was larger than we expected, it would still be a minority.
That said, any extra mention we make about PAE or any other thing that
doesn't affect the majority of users will make the threshold to try
Xubuntu for some people bigger.
We already hear from people who have problems figuring out which ISO
they need to download (32- or 64-bit), how they can do it (should they
use Torrents or direct downloads), how they can get it on a USB stick
correctly... I understand these aren't necessarily related, but they all
add to the same process a new user has to go through. This is the reason
why we very recently edited this page to be more concise and clear –
there are no longer different system requirements for trying/installing
Last, if we were to include a mention about forcepae, we would very
likely want to write our own compact guide (probably in a blog article
format) about it rather than link to the community-editable wiki; while
that is a good resource for many things (and I say this as an
administrator of that wiki), it has its shortcomings and thus I don't
consider it a sensible outlet to refer to in a spot that so important
for us – again: where people either decide to install or not.
I would happily hear from other team members on this though; do we think
a mention about forcepae is necessary?
Thanks for the attention to detail and positive feedback on Xubuntu –
I'm happy to hear you are enjoying Xubuntu!
On 2017-03-11 21:20, fmandnu wrote:
> On your documentation page at:
> https://xubutu.org/getxubuntu/requirements/ you have the statement:
> “Your processor needs to support PAE in order to run Xubuntu.” This is
> correct but I think that you should also mention that some processors
> support PAE but still will not run because the flag does not show in
> the kernel. I think that this sentence on your web page should include
> a mention of “forcepae”. There should also be a link to the Ubuntu PAE
> Community Help Wiki that explains “forcepae” and that it can be used
> with the Xubuntu install. Other distros have this link and at first I
> did not think that Xubuntu also allowed “forcepae” until I tried it.
> By the way, I’m very happy with Xubuntu on my old Pentium M+ computer.
> I finally got rid of Microsoft XP! Hahaha… Xubuntu is a major
> improvement to the point where my old notebook is now (almost) running
> like a modern computer. Thanks for all your work on Xubuntu. I’m happy
> to be running the XFCE desktop.
> Best Regards,
> Gary M.
Pasi Lallinaho (knome) › http://open.knome.fi/
Xubuntu Website Lead & Council Member › http://xubuntu.org/
Shimmer Project co-founder › http://shimmerproject.org/
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