No guide to the basics of Unity is shown on first login

Bug #900985 reported by Will Moorhead on 2011-12-06
This bug affects 27 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Unity is a great piece of software. But unfortunately, some people who are not accustomed to Unity, or even Linux in general, may have some trouble when running Ubuntu for the first time. The help guide installed on Ubuntu is very helpful, as are sites such as and . But, how will a user know to open the dash and search "help" if they don't know about the dash. Granted, most users will eventually figure out Ubuntu in two to three days, but it would be very helpful if there is a warm welcome screen on the first login, either showing the information from the Ubuntu desktop guide, or a different, more user friendly guide. Something like a video, or an informative yet easy to understand small help section with the basics of unity, from the the launcher and appmenu to the notification area and filtering results in the dash. I believe Linux Mint twelve does this, and as should Ubuntu. Preferably in time for 12.04, with it being an LTS and all.

Pablo Almeida (pabloalmeidaff9) wrote :

This tour could also be the perfect place to get the user started with the online features of Ubuntu.

The experience could begin with a "Hello <user>. Are you familiar with Ubuntu? If not, you can take a quick tour". After the tour, Ubuntu should invite the user to create a free Ubuntu One/Ubuntu SSO account and get started at syncing applications on the Ubuntu Software Center, documents etc.

If the user clicks "No" for the guide, Ubuntu should ask the user to enter his Ubuntu One/Ubuntu SSO info and start syncronizing his/her previously installed apps and downloading Ubuntu One files.

Additionally, these things could also be asked during an Ubuntu's fresh installation for the main user, in case he's already familiar with Ubuntu and, if the user wants it, download his apps while installing, so that when he logs in for the first time, most things are already set up.

Will Moorhead (stramato) wrote :

Thats a very good idea, @pabloalmeidaff9, and it would be great for getting people on to U1. That can lead to them buying music from U1 Music store, and extra storage for file backup

Omer Akram (om26er) on 2011-12-07
Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Incomplete
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

I believe this is a duplicate of bug 860501.

manny (estelar57) wrote :

Yeap, specially the next LTS will be a big upgrade for many and very different experience from the desktop they are still using. Would really help improve the transition.

Grzegorz G. (grzesiek1e5) wrote :

IMHO introduction to the Ubuntu (not only unity) should be intaractive. Imagine arrow pointing at dash icon saying "This is your main menu called Dash. Click it.". User clicks, dash opens and arrow points out all items in the dash, explains them and encourages user to try them out.

Also there should introduction designed especially for Windows users. (eg. "This is like start menu in Windows. It's called Dash. Click it.")

Will Moorhead (stramato) wrote :

I agree with grzesiek1e5's comment, it should be interactive. I would love to do something that fixes this bug, but I'm 13, just now learning programming, and don't have the time on my hands. Anyone think they may be able to help fix this bug

Andrea Azzarone (azzar1) on 2016-08-02
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Opinion
status: Opinion → Invalid
no longer affects: unity
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Opinion
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