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Re: [opensuse] Re: [opensuse-announce] openSUSE 10.2 is done
  • From: Marcus Meissner <meissner@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 10:40:44 +0100
  • Message-id: <20061206094044.GB32681@xxxxxxx>
On Wed, Dec 06, 2006 at 12:35:43AM -0900, John Andersen wrote:
> On Wednesday 06 December 2006 00:20, Dominique Leuenberger wrote:
> > Sorry, but that is true for the advanced tech geek that will anyhow
> > find it's infos in the web. Just about 3 month ago, my sister converted
> > from Win to Linux (ok: I persuaded her). She did the installation by HER
> > SELF, following the manual. Of course, afterwards there were some
> > questions coming.. but the manual that she had in front of her did a
> > great job and there was nothing to wonder about.
>
> But, again, Dominique, she probably only needed a Getting Started manual,
> how to install, how to connect to the net, etc. Thirty pages max, with the
> first 10 just covering getting installed.
>
> The effort of Suse is wasted if it is plowed into chopping down trees to
> mail them around the world in the form of cellulose bricks, which are read
> once (if at all) and tossed.
>
> Put that same material on the web (ok use a wiki if you must), and it
> can be kept up to date by the community. Maybe have a copy of all of this
> on the DVD or a separate CDrom for people who don't want to (or can not) get
> at the web pages. For the rest of us, a big fat icon on the desktop is all
> we need.
>
> Then all you need to do is give people enough of a paper manual to get
> the thing installed.

Yes. I suspect 80%-90% of the SUSE box manuals never were opened and
just discard or burned, which is pretty much a waste.

Ciao, Marcus
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