By the way, today I have just done another installation on a friend of mine's laptop. With this pc, from when I've approached the Linux' world (last september), I've "converted" a total of 10 computers, all of them were running XP. 7 of them now have Lubuntu 13.10, 2 Xubuntu 12.04, 1 Kubuntu 12.04.
Well, I'm not a veteran, but I can say that no one of those installations has been easy: I've learnt a lot of things and for this I'm quite happy, but I think that a person that is not stubborn like me maybe would prefer an easier way to install. To be better precise: the installation would be easy, but it always happens something that makes hard to do a fast thing: an unsupported graphic card, a processor with a Celeron M inside (for example!!) etc. that complicate very much.
I'm talking about hardware that actually is running XP, so I think that it should be very well supported without to oblige a normal user to become an expert of HWE stack, for example.
Once people have a problemless working machine today, for sure the same people will buy in the future a new Ubuntu-powered computer.
So, I think that from one side developers should be more (Pangoline) precise on the analisys about the drivers and the procedures for the machines that are actually running XP, specially the developers that take care about Lubuntu and Xubuntu: simple and clear procedures on how to convert an XP machine to one of that two 'flavours', maybe the most suitables for those computers. Now many things are clear to me, but believe to me that I've discovered only in recent times this beautiful world: it's not simple for a normal user to convert its machine from XP to another OS. The steps to do this must be simples and clears.
I think that it could be very useful to do a page for newbies where to teach in very simple words, with some images and with a basic glossary, the basic concepts as 'repository', superuser, why you have to mount a partition before to look at in etc.
Very simple things for all of you, but quite hard at the beginning. Once you have known them, they won't frighten you anymore! Yes, there are many books, tutorials etc but why don't make things easier?
Another useful thing could be to find one/two slogans, in order to excite people curiosity. For sure, in these critical economical times nobody wants to throw away your own computer!
I've seen that once installed, in less than a month a person can use L/Xubuntu with succes and satisfaction.
Am I wrong?