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blur xc
September 3rd, 2009, 07:51 PM
Does one exist? I ask, because I read a lot of threads about people handing out Ubuntu to strangers or friends, classmates, coworkers, etc.., but does that disk ever come with any documentation? I mean, for EVERY piece of hardware or software I've ever purchased, it's always come with a little pamphlet explaining the installation step by step, even so far as how to unpack the product from the box (esp. w/ printers) with pictures and screen shots, and a thick comprehensive manual. Normally, I toss the book aside and glance over the quick start guide and have at it. Then, I refer to the book if I have any problems.

Ubuntu (or any other Linux distro aimed at new converts) would be far more easily accepted by people with no prior knowledge of linux if it came with simple instructions on how to install it, set up a dual boot, etc...

If you could print one out w/ every live cd you burn, and fold it up, stuff in in the cd case (dvd case would probably be better) along with a pretty cover for the case, and I think we'd be doing a lot better than a generic staples jewel case w/ "Ubuntu 9.04 live cd" written on it w/a sharpie, which, ironically, is how the one live cd I gave out looked :???:. The best I could do was email the free Ubuntu pocket guide to him the next day.

I would gladly write one up and publish a pdf, but I think I'm lacking a bit in the knowledge and experience category...

BM

Stan_1936
September 3rd, 2009, 07:56 PM
Did you try GOOGLE?
http://www.unicom.com/chrome/g/20051215-02.pdf

LowSky
September 3rd, 2009, 07:57 PM
You really need a guide for installation... insert disk (choose boot from CD if you even have to), click on Run LiveCD or Install... How hard is that?

Heck Windows doesn't come with any documentation, and they use a similar process. Its not like the old days of computing when you needed to know the commands from the command line to install Windows on top of DOS

We have some documentation online, why waste paper.
https://help.ubuntu.com/
http://ubuntuforums.org/

blur xc
September 3rd, 2009, 08:01 PM
Did you try GOOGLE?
http://www.unicom.com/chrome/g/20051215-02.pdf


Yes- I did google it and found that very pdf, but that far from counts...

And yes, I'm relatively computer literate, and have a pretty strong geek side (though my geeky interests haven't been focused on computers for the past decade) and I made it through my install w/o instructions, but it would have been FAR easier if I had some. I didn't fully understand the partition editor, and would have done things differently had I known what I was doing.

BM

blur xc
September 3rd, 2009, 08:05 PM
We have some documentation online, why waste paper.
https://help.ubuntu.com/
http://ubuntuforums.org/


How do you hand out a website w/ a live cd? How do you refer to steps on a website while you are in the middle of the install process? Is there some magic way to launch a web browser from the middle of an installation? This reasoning goes right in hand w/ the other thread discussing how community developed software is lacking in user friendliness...

It'd be nice to hand out the Ubuntu Pocket Guide with every live cd, but that's a bit less practical. At the very least, there should be a "recommended reading" link on the desktop after doing a fresh install. Not everyone is a self learner. I'd say most aren't.

BM

Ms_Angel_D
September 3rd, 2009, 08:17 PM
You know I'm thinking I agree with you Blur there should be some kind of install guide to hand out. Most people don't even know how to properly google let alone install an operating system.

Katalog
September 3rd, 2009, 08:24 PM
There is the Ubuntu Pocket Guide (although it's not very small, but you can always put in a piece of paper with the URL on it): http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/index_main.html

There is also a lot of good stuff like trifold brochures and such at spreadubuntu.com: http://spreadubuntu.neomenlo.org/

I use a lot of stuff from Spreadubuntu when I'm at events where I'm handing out CDs. Best part of it is the materials on the site are also usually available as source documents, so you can edit or update them as you see fit.

Tibuda
September 3rd, 2009, 09:04 PM
There is the Ubuntu Pocket Guide (although it's not very small, but you can always put in a piece of paper with the URL on it): http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/index_main.html
+1 for pocket guide, it is very good. Psycocats (http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/) is good too, but it is on browser only.

blur xc
September 3rd, 2009, 09:09 PM
+1 for pocket guide, it is very good. Psycocats (http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/) is good too, but it is on browser only.


Spreadbuntu has some good stuff. Basically, if someone made a nice clean pdf version of this - http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installing that could fold up nicely and stuff in a cd or dvd case and you'd be there... Optionally, it would be nice to have instructions for setting up a dual boot as well (I realize psycocats has one for a wubi installation, but I didn't see one for a real dual boot install).

BM

Edit- here's one that came with my Garmin - http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/968_QuickStartGuide.pdf