Re: Making release notes more useful - 'whats new ?'

Hi Matthias,

I believe the effort should be focused around the website. I prefer learning about what's new before I download, or while I download. I am not a fan of putting a Windows 95-like nag screen preventing me from actually using the system.

There are of course less intrusive ways to point to this information, such as a notification with a link to the website on first boot. But keep in mind that it's something not everybody is interested in and can get annoying if we're not careful.


On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 4:29 PM, Matthias Clasen <matthias clasen gmail com> wrote:

so I have been thinking a bit about our documentation efforts and how
to make the most out of the awesome work that is done in this area, as
well as the release notes.
Floating these ideas to the relevant lists before writing it down as a
feature proposal seems like a good idea, so you can shoot it down
early if it doesn't sound good.

I think we should have a 'Here's whats new' summary that greets the
user the first time he log in to a major new version. I guess this
would be like the release notes, but shortened
to to fit into a single screen. We could offer 'learn more...' links
to the more extensive release notes from there. To make that work
regardless of network, having the release notes installed together
with the rest of the documentation would be good.

We can also add a 'New to GNOME 3 ?' link that points to the Desktop
Overview (something that we should have done for 3.0, really).

Does this sound like a good idea ?


Jakub Steiner <jimmac gmail com>

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