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From Windows to Linux page, revisited

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I have been working a lot on the from Windows to Linux this week. I have just put an entirely re-worked version online.
The main changes are:

  • "cleaner" layout with more space, pictures, easier to go through visually
  • shorter text - less talking, more direct info
  • less links
  • modification of some arguments for, neutral with, and against GNU/Linux

I strongly encourage you to have a look through it and bring up any remarks you may have.
This doesn't look like it, but it's actually several days of hard work (after which it's hard to spot mistakes).
I haven't indicated credits and licenses for the pictures yet, this will be done shortly. Sources are OpenClipart, Tango & Human Gnome themes, as well as individual applications' logos. This use of the Firefox logo is not allowed by the Mozilla guidelines, but I hope this still will be acceptable (should I remove it?).

This is the last page which needed significant improvement on GGL.o (every single one of them has been re-worked since last year now). I now plan to work on the homepage (no text change, just the unordered list), as well as giving the site a minor graphical refresh. There are exciting things ahead of us, I expect GGL to become more popular this summer. It'll be much easier for me to work on spreading the site, once I'm really happy with everything in it.

Thank you

Olivier.

PS. I'll be traveling these coming two weeks (going home to vote) so there may be more silent periods. I'm still working day and night on GGL.

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Hi, Olivier! It looks

Hi, Olivier!

It looks really fresh now! Nice job!

A few remarks:

1.- "Fundamentally, everyday users will find GNU/Linux similar in use to Windows"
I think it should be: Fundamentally, everyday users will find GNU/Linux similar in use to Windows or Mac OS X.

2.- "Windows Explorer" doesn't deserve the (r) symbol.

3.- "Manufacturers of computer hardware don't always release drivers for Linux (yet)."
That's not a problem by itself. The problem is that they don't open their hardware specification, since they don't care about their clients' freedom.

ariadacapo wrote:

This use of the Firefox logo is not allowed by the Mozilla guidelines, but I hope this still will be acceptable (should I remove it?).

I guess you should. You might replace it by another free software icon/logo well-known among Windows users... like these http://theopencd.org/programs

Cheers!

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Gimp? Blender?

Very nice page. I really like it and it reads smoothly.

Gustavo wrote:

I guess you should. You might replace it by another free software icon/logo well-known among Windows users... like these http://theopencd.org/programs

I guess I'd suggest either Gimp or Blender here. Maybe better Gimp, I guess it might be more popular than Blender.

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Yes, Gimp is probably the

Yes, Gimp is probably the best candidate.

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Thank you for the

Thank you for the comments.

A_thing took care of most of the remarks, I simply added the "or Mac OSX" bit.

Sadly the Gimp logo doesn't work at all in this illustration (I tried but it looks horrible). Because the picture is extremely small we need a logo that's colorful and compact (no pointy edges). The Inkscape logo was hard to fit already. I liked Firefox a lot because it also can be recognizable by Windows users.
I'm waiting for an answer from the Blender people to get a logo file - I'll keep you updated of any changes.

Olivier.

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I obtained a gif of the

I obtained a gif of the Blender logo, but we're only able to use it if we link directly to Blender.org, which is not relevant here. So I think we are going to stick to the Firefox icon and hope they let this pass. I'll remove it immediately in case of dispute, of course.

I re-worked the credits page seriously so that the source and license for the images used everywhere on GGL is better indicated.

On a side note, I am happy to announce that I submitted this updated "from Windows to Linux" page to StumbleUpon and it caught on well, which resulted in more than 5000 hits over the past week Smiling. In the future I am definitely going to look into "buzz teams" who can get new/updated content to spread through such sites/services.

Olivier.

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