Turing Test wrote:
On Thu, 28 Oct 2004 00:17:20 +0200, Oliver Grawert
Am Mittwoch, den 27.10.2004, 23:07 +0200 schrieb Philippe Landau:
if legal problems make it impossible to include things,
it would be easy to make a script that guides
through the installation of stuff from other sources,
or at least a simple but complete how-to,
a step by step guide (like a cookbook) to a
more complete system that includes DVD viewing and remixing,
internet radio and tv, and movie playback
including xvid, divx, mpeg4, quicktime and flash,
and some of the best p2p apps available.
did you actually look at this page ?
I wouldn't consider RestrictedFormats a guided script, nor a simple
but complete how-to; it's more of a "why-not".
The very single thing that Ubuntu should at least do, in order to be
user-friendly, is linking to a real how-to "on demand", when the user
makes hers first attempt to open a file format that's not supported by
Ubuntu. Instead she has a Nautilus hell-alert-box saying that it
doesn't know what to do with that file, giving the impression that
Ubuntu "just doesn't work".
it's not just an impression,
i have installed ubuntu for others too,
and i have to switch their computers to other distros now,
because i am not able to make multimedia work on their machines:
the applications are partly not enough tested/integrated
and it would requires hours of troubleshooting
to make these movies work on their computer.
if you follow the instructions all proprietary formats are just some
mouseclicks away in synaptic.
Given that you already know what Synaptic is, and how to use it. Those
I would consider moderately advanced knowledge for a non-sophisticated
user that knows how to use a mouse and just want to listen to her
music. At the bare minimum, you should supply her with mediums to
learn how to put her system to work, in a task-oriented way.
as canonical/ubuntu remains on the sidelines here
the best would be if someone could assemble a multimedia edition
like the people integrating reading aids into ubuntu:
>What I would like to do for the present however,
>is create a small derivative of the official Warty ISO,
>with a few accessibility modifications (Luke Yelavich)
it could be distributed on p2p networks.
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