Re: General GNOME User docs

On Wed, Aug 30, 2000 at 08:23:29PM -0500, Kevin Breit wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 30, 2000 at 09:02:52PM -0400, Alexander Kirillov wrote:
> > Finally: I'd like to include my pet project,  "If you are new to
> > Linux.." doc (which was an appendix to UG in 1.2) in the new
> > documentation package as well - if people think it is worth it. My
> > wife seems to appreciate this kind of "newbies" documentation. 
> I doubt your wife is the only one.  I think that Gnome is lacking a "If you are
> new to Linux..." doc.  This is *definatly* something I am going to say to
> include.  I don't see why it's not worth it.  I'll be wiling to sacrifice
> 20k on my hard drive and download, even though I won't use it.  I feel that
> the benefit of including it is well worth that 20k or whatever it maybe.

Definately. I think it is very important to have something that, say, an
office worker (not a programmer / power user / überhacker), can be given to
get an idea of what the Linux thing is all about. (Remember, GNOME is Linux
to many people). The technically inclined will read the HOWTOS or buy a
comrehensive teach-yourself-Linux book, but many people have no interest in
learning anything except how to get their work done (word processing,
spreadsheets, e-mail, maybe a database front-end). Things like sharing files
with other users (or preventing sharing thereof) and mounting floppy disks 
that are issues on UNIX but not on Windows 9* PCs should be addressed.

I actually like the current document quite a bit; I am in favor of rebranding
it as the guide to the desktop as Dan proposed.

Henry House
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