We need a pastime!
Don't you think we need a pastime? Nope? Well, take these points into account:
- First and foremost, the association will be ready in two months or so.
- It doesn't make much sense to try to carry out many of the most important plans if we are not an association yet (embassies, partnerships...)
- Once the association in ready, I don't want to announce only "The Association is ready and we have two new translations". I want us to demonstrate: The association is ready and we already have a solid community behind it; by "solid community" I don't mean a large team, but a group that make huge and effective steps (similar to FireHippopotamus, or even better). I really don't want to see a passive community until march/april.
So I propose (or re-propose) the following tasks which would be made in a project codenamed Pastime:
- Create a secondary website that hosts basic articles for Linux newcomers to make their first steps with. Such a web site would be made up of the following sections: Before you install Linux, while you install Linux and an introduction to the new operating system. I know anyone can find this information on the Internet, but: Written in English and seldom beginner-friendly. I already elaborated on this in The Future of GGL. By the way: Regarding the proposed "Help Center" (with forums, etc), keep in mind I changed my mind about it and I think we're better off sticking to the existing communities. This secondary website would be hosted in a subdomain (newcomers.getgnulinux.org, for example).
- I'm willing to record short and easy-to-grasp videos explaining step by step: How to back-up your data before getting rid of windows, how to download and install Linux, and how to make your first steps in your new OS. Such videos may be either: dubbed into another languages or replaced by localized videos. I'm quite sure many people will make the switch because of these videos. These videos' contents would be based on the above articles.
- The upcoming release of Ubuntu has features that will definitely make increase the Linux userbase. So, I also suggest to record the videos once Ubuntu 7.04 is out (on april too).
- We have to look for someone who knows DocBook and ask him/her to transform our HTML into DocBook. I insist this is a one-time effort for a long term profit. I honestly can't mention a single disadvantage of having the GGL website in XML. It will make everything easier. I'm willing to look for such a contributor in DocBook-related communities, if you people agree.
Anyways, in the mean time I'm also writing down ideas for an upcoming Collaborator Pocket Guide.
What do you think about Pastime? Would you like to add/remove something? Do you think April 10th is a good deadline?