On 12/7/20 11:18 AM, Matthew Miller wrote:
So who does this ^ article mean when they say "new users" - because if
installation is the big hurdle (and it's not just for Fedora), why is
there no mention of installing how to / partitioning how to in this article?
... which says:
"Fedora 33 is that Linux distribution that welcomes new users, but also
gives them plenty of room to grow and learn. If a user wants to use the
desktop and never venture beyond simplicity, Fedora can do that. For
those users who eventually get bored and want to explore a bit more,
Fedora can do that as well."
... which is awesome, but then that user runs up against the difficulty that
is installing, and yeah, unless they're ready to devote a whole machine,
partitioning is going to be staring them in the face pretty soon.
If I google (well, duckduckgo) for "how to try linux" I get this up top:
It suggests using liveUSB.
Next item down,
This gives instructions to order Xubuntu preinstalled on a 32gb usb stick
Next one down:
These instructions walk through how to pick a distro, install it to USB
or DVD (either live or as an external USB drive install), and how to
install to VM.
VirtualBox, Windows built in Linux subsystem, USB flash drive are the 3
Last one I'll mention:
Walks through doing a live USB or DVD install.
None of these hits for "how to try linux" mention partitioning a hard
drive or dual boot. It's just not an option apparently that tech
journalists who authored these top hits decided to cover.
I think it would really help to be much clearer about what is meant by
"new user" or "newbie" here. This is not a Fedora-specific problem,
every distro has this problem. If "newbie" means "new to Fedora, not
necessarily Linux" then we are no different than any other distro. If
"newbie" means "new to Linux, thinking about trying Fedora" then maybe
we should look at the distros that type of newbie is going for and look
at how they are handling that path. Maybe mentioning the Lenovo
pre-installs somewhere on our website would be nice for that audience?
But the majority of folks, regardless of distro, have this hurdle and I
don't see dual boot coming up when I search for guides aimed at what I
think is the correct audience here so I don't understand why that's what
we're looking to as the solution?
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