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Re: Pictures in the Installation Guide



On Fri, May 1, 2009 at 11:21 AM, John J. McDonough <wb8rcr arrl net> wrote:
> Volume 3 Number 2 of Linux+ magazine included Fedora 10 DVDs and an article
> on installing Fedora.  What was especially interesting about that article
> was that it was mostly screenshots.
>
> Of course, we all understand what a huge maintenance burden those
> screenshots become for a product produced in umpteen languages.  But for
> some things, and I would argue especially the IG, they are a huge win.
>
> The average person sees Linux as something kind of scary.  It is too
> complicated for "someone like me", especially the installation.  I have
> spoken to many people over the past year who would like to try Linux, but
> are basically afraid.
>
> Having all the installation steps laid out in front of you in living color
> dramatically lowers that barrier.  You can see every question, and you can
> see that is isn't something you can't answer.
>
> Perhaps it is biting off more than we can chew, but it seems like it has
> great potential.  One approach would be to somehow encourage magazines like
> Linux+ to keep doing this, but that particular magazine is in English, and I
> don't see any evidence it is produced in other languages.  A lot of the
> market is in places that don't speak English, so it would seem to be very
> valuable to have the IG in particular full of pictures in the local
> language.
>
> Is this really nuts?  Is there a lower priced way to approach this?
>
> --McD
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I'd largely agree that pictures are a bad idea, for the maintenance
issues. However Rudi has been putting in tons of work to make that
happen with this release. I don't envy the work, but provided we
retain Rudi or someone else willing to do the work I am ok with
keeping it.


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