Should installation instructions be included?
Do we need installation instructions for Ubuntu Linux or is this outside of the scope of Ubuntu. Some suggestions:
- getGNULinux.org touches on the fact that the live CD runs slowly, but I don't think that the message came across entirely to explain that once the user has installed Linux onto the computer, it will run faster. I think this message is important: I know someone that was about to walk away from Linux after finding that the LiveCD ran slowly, thinking that was what to expect once it was installed. The first time I learned of this while testing out Ubuntu was after I had finished installing the distribution in which it said something about removing the disk so that I could run Ubuntu at full speed (I knew this already of course, but we can't expect that new people to Linux have run LiveCDs before).
- Ubuntu is so incredibly easy to install, but sadly, I have yet to find any official Ubuntu documentation that demonstrates this fact. The Shipit CDs don't really say much to this effect either. Rather, shots.osdir.com has some nice pictures that work quite nicely for such a demonstration. The screenshots for Ubuntu 6.06 reveal the easy process that is involved. People automatically assume that installing an operating system is a daunting task. Once they realize that it is a simple matter of inserting a disk, clicking the Install icon on the desktop, and asking about 5 questions, they feel more up to the task. I spent three minutes simply showing someone these screenshots and they left and installed Linux without furthur help.
Similar screenshots to those found at shots.odir.com could be made, sized at 800x600 or 640x400 resolution (not simply shrunken down from higher resolutions), so that they were more suited for display inside a Web browser. Next, they could be assembled in a fashion similar to the On-line demos that were once visible on the former MandrakeLinux Web page for the 8 and 9.0 series desktops. This involved one screenshot per page. Beneath each screenshot was a pair of navigation arrows and a simple description of what is pictured.
Perhaps someone knows of a site that already has this or that has a Macromedia Flash-based demonstration of the Ubuntu installation that could be linked to, that are similar in format to these Xfce animations? There are some nice videos on Ubuntu Video, but the ones I watched had poor quality video so you couldn't really see anything on the screen, and I can imagine that they are painful to watch on dial-up.