I suggested some improvements for the WIKI to Zonker and he told me that the
marketing mailinglist would be most probably the best place to turn to.
All my suggestions here deal with the WIKI startpage (not the general "get
it", "discuss", "create" doorpage although I support the discussions about a
general browser-default-page centric page). IMHO the WIKI startpage needs
prominent linked screenshots and something like a "desktop" tour. The Ubuntu
website is a good place to get inspiration. :-)
openSUSE 11 has succeeded in becoming one of the best (if not THE best)
distros around, but the website is optimized for users who already know what
openSUSE. The website though should reflect much more the needs of new,
Therefore, we do not need to overthrow the existing design, but we need to add
some informations more popular, such as screenshots, a "what can i do with
openSUSE?" section and the like. The current text ("openSUSE is a project
sponsored by Novell [...]") is quite gibberish for people who never hat
contact to openSUSE. Even worse: In my opinion, its even not very obvious that
openSUSE is a Linux-distribution and a very user-friendly one too.
At least this page should much more promote the product and put the community
thought in second place (without emasculating it). The text on the boxed
version is a good text to show here and some really visually compelling
artwork would catch the design-lovers. A "user-screenshots" section would also
be nice. Spread the word how SEXY openSUSE can look.
Here I made a first mockup:
It features a screenshot slider which shows some screenshots of openSUSE in
action so the visitor intuitional gets an idea of what openSUSE is and what he
can do with it. Here the saying is true: A picture is woth a thousand words!
Flash would not be such a good idea and maybe he is right. But I thought that
The people we want address in the first place are most likely Windows users
and therefore impressible by visual bling-bling. Maybe Flash is not such a bad
idea after all.
Nevertheless, I am a web-professional and can help implementing in whatever we
come up here. In fact: I would love to do that! :-) My major skills are
of professional screendesigners, flash developers and others.
I await your feedback eagerly!
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I'd like to start contacting UK LUGs with a view to sending each
active LUG a number of openSUSE disks (and again after each release).
If no-one else is doing this (if you are, please shout, so that we
don't duplicate activities), and no-one has any objection, I'll start
contacting the LUGs in the next few days.
We had one request for disks from a LUG at LugRadio Live - I'll fulfil
that request tomorrow.
I'm doing this as an openSUSE volunteer, but as I'm also employed by
Novell, that will help with logistics.
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