..a series of guides and articles. Yes, yet another user doing the same thing, etc etc. I'm trying to write a bunch of guides that are, for the most part, directed at brand new Linux users; but I'm trying to make the guides contextually rich. Too often, we give directions to newbies, and they follow them...and then they come back for help, again and again for similar things because they fail to grasp the concept of what they're doing. So basically, my guides are geared towards new users that actually want to learn how to use Linux, not just use it as a Windows replacement.
I got this idea after I started converting users to Linux. They would come back to me again and again for help instead of using their resources. So I decided I'd put as much knowledge as possible into a nice little readable book/website, and give that to them instead.
I've finished writing the first draft of the first article in a series called "Switching to Linux". I want to share this with you now, and get some feedback. General feedback, and then on some specific things that I'll ask you about. (at this point, I feel compelled to say; please read the entire post and the article before commenting)
I've divided my article up into sections, or "pages" rather. Each "page" is separated by a dotted line. I'm writing it in an online word processor; eventually, this will turn into a website/pdf file. This first article is titled "Switching to Linux, Part I: Evaluating Your Decision"; it's about deciding whether one really wants to try Linux. What I've put into it comes from knowledge I gained while poking around the forums, and I'm sure I took a bit of it out of some articles and posts of our member aysiu. I'd appreciate feedback; I know this article isn't exciting at all, but its the first and perhaps most important one. Thanks.
[LINK REMOVED] If you want to read the first chapter, go back to the new thread (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=448312 ) and read both chapter one and 2 from that location. I pointed people to this thread to allow them to gain an understanding of the project.
This is just the first draft. I haven't even done a second reading of it yet, I just finished typing it (started today as well ) so there might be a number of grammatical errors and such. And it might not be official enough for your taste, either; but I dunno. I'm just spitting this stuff out right now.
Here are the specific things I want to ask you:
1. I tried to keep this article short while informative; I undoubtedly missed some things. What do you think I missed that should have been in there? (mostly resolved, still open to suggestions)
2. Did you notice any blatant mistakes or fallacies?
3. Can you please point me to some sort of recent compatibility/known-to-work lists of wireless cards and webcams?
4. On the hardware page (2), I listed four devices that people have trouble with; are there any other devices that give people a lot of trouble, that I forgot to mention?
5. Eventually, this will be a website and pdf book. The banner across the top is something I threw together really quickly using Inkscape. I'm not a great graphics designer as you can probably tell; Is this good enough for me to use? (If someone is bored, alternative submissions are welcome
Sorry about the way it looks; its just a first rough draft.
I added a variations of the image below, which I think looks better than the one in the document. Please tell me if any of them are good enough to use or if I should try again, or get someone else to do one for me? Most importantly, answer the questions I asked. Any other feedback would be great too.
Thanks a lot, you guys rock.
PS: As I update the document, the page I link to automatically gets updated as well. So if you suddenly see a new section that wasn't there before, that's why.