Make sure people who try out Ubuntu will keep it

Bug #190452 reported by Gustavo Narea
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Ubuntu Documentation
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Ubuntu Website - OBSOLETE
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ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu)
Wishlist
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Bug Description

Some people try out Ubuntu, but won't install it and use it. Sometimes "eye-candyness" and user-friendliness are not enough. If they knew how important GNU/Linux is, and Freedomware in general, most of them would stick to it.

For this reason, I find it useful for the Ubuntu community to support www.getgnulinux.org, a website maintained by the non-profit that takes care of Freedomware marketing. For example, you have the "Ubuntu Help Center" and the "About Ubuntu" applications, where you might point newcomers to getgnulinux.org if they want to learn about Linux.

This was partially fixed for Kubuntu in Bug #107062.

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Matthew Woerly (nattgew) wrote :

I guess what you're saying is that there should be a prominent link to that page to let people know the basics about Windows vs. Linux. I think that's a good idea.

Murat Gunes (mgunes)
Changed in ubuntu-docs:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
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Gustavo Narea (gnarea) wrote :

Nattgew, yes, that's what I mean.

I didn't set it to the Ubuntu Documentation because this might also come in handy for www.ubuntu.com, to point people who want to learn more about Linux.

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Matthew East (mdke) wrote :

The Ubuntu Help Center is used for information about how to use Ubuntu, rather than information about Ubuntu - we removed "About Ubuntu" from it some time ago. I'm going to close the ubuntu-docs flags on this bug. It may be a valid bug for the website though.

Changed in ubuntu-doc:
status: New → Invalid
Changed in ubuntu-docs:
status: New → Invalid
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Gustavo Narea (gnarea) wrote :

Matthew: Such section is still there: https://help.ubuntu.com/7.10/about-ubuntu/C/index.html

Unless I'm wrong, those documents are included in the documentation that ships Ubuntu (I'm not sure, I use Kubuntu).

By the way, on https://help.ubuntu.com/7.10/about-ubuntu/C/about-linux.html you mention the Linux kernel and link to its website, but I think it's irrelevant for newcomers; I think www.getgnulinux.org would be really useful for them.

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Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

The getgnulinux.org site is nicely done, but I don't think it has anything to do with "making sure people who try out Ubuntu will keep it".

Linux and GNU software are important components in Ubuntu, and anyone who wants to get involved in Ubuntu development will soon learn about both of them. But many people who use Ubuntu will not encounter them, and there's no reason they should need to. So for Ubuntu to encourage them to "Switch to Linux" would be confusing: I've only just switched to Ubuntu, and now Ubuntu wants me to switch to something else?

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Gustavo Narea (gnarea) wrote :

Hello, Matthew.

I'm not suggesting to encourage Ubuntu users to switch to Linux. :)

My suggestions are:
  1.- For the Ubuntu Help Center: Encourage people to learn more about the freedom-respectful system they are using, powered by Linux, and explained the user-friendly way at getgnulinux.org. This way they will appreciate what they have, and will also think twice (at the least) before switching back to Windows if something doesn't work as they expected in Ubuntu.
  2.- For the Ubuntu website: Encourage potential Ubuntu users to learn more about Linux (and Freedomware in general) by visiting getgnulinux.org, so that they could get the *real* facts about the "Windows vs Linux" issue.

Cheers.

Changed in ubuntu-website:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Matthew Nuzum (newz)
Changed in ubuntu-website:
status: New → Invalid
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