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Adding a "help me choose a distro" forum and other changes

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Michuk has proposed an idea of adding a new forum for helping new users choose a GNU/Linux distribution to try.

michuk wrote:

Lots of people who want to try GNU/Linux gest stuck on choosing a distro. GetGnuLinux.org does a good job in making it easy for them (giving just 2 alternatives).PolishLinux.org helps the undecided to choose from many more distros. Still, some people need to ask for advice personally. That's why I though a forum like that could be useful.

Actually, we have a forum sacrified only to helping others choose their distro on Jakilinux.org (Polish version of vortal) and it's the most popular forum there.

Usually on many forums and (especially) in Usenet, such questions are left unanswered or trigger a flame war. But we want to be a friendly support site and we have moderators so I think this could work out (with good will of experts answering the questions).

Of course there should be a sticky post on such forum statitng that you should read this and this before asking a question and to specify the requirements clearly.

However as we already have alot of forums and some of them aren't optimally active, we are considering making some merges.

michuk wrote:

By the way, I would also join some other forums into bigger ones, like Desktop and GUIs and Applications & Misc and Command Line into "Software support", since they don't have so big traffic yet and with too many forums it may be confusing for users where to ask software support questions.

Now since command line forum was opened by request from users I am thinking maybe it should be kept as is. So the final proposition I had based on everything said before was to do this:

* Add a new forum "Help me choose a distro"
* Merge "Applications & Misc" forum with the "Desktop and GUI" into "GUI Software Support" or just "Software Support".
* Leave Command line forum as is.

In that case, the GUI Software Support forum or just a "Software Support" forum would serve as a forum for all GUI applications including front ends, window managers and desktop environments while the command line forum would serve for those needing help with command line programs including shell scripting and such trickery. Smiling

I would like some feedback on these ideas. If you have any suggestions feel free to post them. If you agree with what was proposed above we'd like you to say it so we can know if you approve or not.

Thank you

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"Software Support" is better

"Software Support" is better than "GUI Software Support" since it encompases all the forums that merge into it.

dylunio

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CLI before general

If GUI & Applications are merged, then make sure CLI shows up above them so users will see the CLI forum first and not post things that should be in CLI in General Software.

The Distro Choosing forum sounds like a good idea.

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Good thinking a_thing. We'll

Good thinking a_thing. We'll do that.

libervisco's picture
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If noone else disagrees I'll

If noone else disagrees I'll be merging these forums and add a new one tonight.

Thanks

libervisco's picture
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I merged the applications

I merged the applications and misc forum with the desktop and GUIs into "Software Support" forum. I also updated titles and descriptions of some other forums as you can see and I renamed the "Installation and getting started" into "Getting started: "Help me choose a distro!" and put it first on the forum index.

Now, the actual suggestion by Michuk was to add a new "choose a distro" forum rather than renaming the "installation and getting started" one. However, after looking at the contest of the "installation and getting started" forum, not only that there was little of it, but topics seemed well in line with what topics regarding choosing a distribution would be. There is even a topic about choosing a new distro that was already there: http://www.nuxified.org/do_you_need_help_choosing_a_distribution

It just makes sense to me to just revamp this forum into a "distro choosing" forum. To address Michuk's argument directly....

Michuk wrote:

But it's a separate issue from installing and getting started. It's about deciding whether to use Linux and if so, which distro is the most apropriate to start with (basing on the personal requirements).

The decision wether to use GNU/Linux will have alot to do with how easy it would be to get started and install. In fact I believe exactly installation forms a great part in choosing a distro. If it's hard to install to a particular user it is very likely they wont choose it. So after reviewing this I think that this separation doesn't have to exist really, and considering that the old "installation and getting started" forum alone wasn't very active anyway, but instead of deleting all topics from it they've got to be moved somewhere, and the most appropriate place for it is the new "Getting started: "Help me choose a distro!"" forum.

Of course, if you disagree and if others think I am wrong I'll remedy everything and do as most of you wish. It might be something to discuss on our mods meeting if necessary, as well. Smiling

Thanks

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