Simple present tense suggested & Use of "either"

Bug #585250 reported by Marc Stewart on 2010-05-25
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This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ubuntu Manual
Low
Jason Cook

Bug Description

Rev. 788
Ch.1, p. 15 (PDF p. 17)
Types: grammar

The margin note on p. 15 begins:
Many people installing Ubuntu for the first time are currently using either Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Mac OS X on their computer.

Firstly, "are currently using" uses the continous present tense, implying the users are using one of those other OSes *right now*. While Wubi means that it's technically true, I believe the intent was that they were using that OS *generally*, in which case the simple present tense "currently use" would be more appropriate.

Secondly, "either" is for a choice of two, but the list it precedes has four items. "Either" should therefore be replaced, for example, with "one of".

Together, this yields:
Many people installing Ubuntu for the first time currently use one of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Mac OS X on their computer.
but it would probably be better as:
Many people installing Ubuntu for the first time currently use another operating system on their computer, such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Mac OS X.

Kevin Godby (godbyk) on 2010-05-25
Changed in ubuntu-manual:
assignee: nobody → Kevin Godby (godbyk)
milestone: none → edition-2
status: New → In Progress
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in ubuntu-manual:
assignee: Kevin Godby (godbyk) → Jason.Cook599 (jason-cook599)
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Changed in ubuntu-manual:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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