My brain dump (i.e. our marketing plan)

Stuart Ellis stuart at
Thu Jun 9 13:13:25 UTC 2005

On Thu, 09 Jun 2005 00:19:24 -0400, "Erik Hemdal" <ehemdal at>

> -- General inability to gain ground and sort through installation 
> issues.  If you have never seen a UNIX system or Linux before, trying to 
> navigate through anaconda and (especially) Disk Druid is pretty baffling. 

Anaconda definitely presents a lot of stuff if you select the customize
options, and the trick is perhaps to get newbies to ignore them and
choose the defaults.  So screencasting has been proposed as a Fedora
bounty, with a target of showing a default install (that's been captured
in QEMU or similar), so that the newbie can see what to do and hopefully
feel easy about it.  Plus cool screencasts have marketing potential.


> When I started out, I saw a lot of people who had some UNIX experience, 
> and who wanted to learn (basically) how close Linux comes to behaving 
> like their venerable OS.  But now, more and more I find students who 
> have never ever seen a UNIX system.  They want to learn Linux, but 
> without exposure to UNIX, many concepts are quite foreign.

Amen.  Windows and UNIX worlds think in different ways about even simple
things, and that impedes all kinds of communication.

Stuart Ellis

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