Linux can do! -an idea for a new page on GGL.o
In my university in France, Apple has been coming around last month, and unsurprisingly, they come with a strong marketing, proposing their products at "student prices" (which are still so expensive!). IPods, laptops, etc are all there and you have posters and postcards everywhere.
Instead of swallowing my pride again when seeing so many new users being swallowed into non-free software, I decided to go and see. I picked up some printed material. I have to admit, they are pretty damn good. One one postcard, they show you that you can create stuff (multimedia apps), work (install Office), etc, with cool pictures of their nice-looking products, and keywords such as "serenity" and so on. First class material, to move users away from Windows.
So I thought: we can do this too. GetGNULinux.org goes a lot on freedom in software, and when it comes to "usability" of GNU/Linux, I mean fitness for general users, we don't do as well as Apple. Let's change this.
Building on the proposals we had for "multi-screenshot screenshots" while discussing the frontpage graphic, I thought about a page where just the best of GNU/Linux apps is shown. A first class, Apple-style page where we show what Linux can do.
I had a first go at a sketch (I had no computer) and it looks like this.
On top, a "hover highlight" series of screenshots (with a CSS image image map as suggested originally by kuan).
Below, a series of short paragraphs with keywords and links to the app homepages. Next to every proposal, one screenshot of the best app in the category. My proposal:
Full Office suite with MSOffice compatibility: OpenOffice.org. Faster alternatives: Abiword or Koffice.
Sort and mix.
CD ripping and buring made easy: Sound Juicer and Serpentine. Organise and share your photos: XX App. Watch videos and play music: XX App.
Top-class web surfing: Firefox. Chat: Gaim. Plus a couple of other apps... you get the idea.
Apps for graphics and audio: Gimp, Inkscape, Audacity...
Built-in top security: automatic, easy updates with little need for Anti-virus or Firewall. App install/uninstall couldn't be easier.
Build a web server; Develop (for web or advanced programming); Serious multi-user management.
A very short intro to the notion of community.
I know the above things may look a bit confused/messy, but we can build a very neat and clear page from it.
What do you think? What would be your favourite apps to put in these categories?
(be careful: choose only very wide public applications. Let's try to remove our "computing enthusiast" caps and think Ã la Apple, for newbies)