I fear you might have taken my idea past what I was thinking of...
Even more important to windoze users first trying out LInux is going
equivalents. Send them to VI and they'll run screaming into the night back
to windoze. So Kedit/Gedit = notepad Openoffice = Word GIMP= photoshop
kinds of tutorials would be a big help. So too would how file permissions
and such work. How to set up cups is pretty essential. Scanners, digital
cameras and such as well.
This seems a pretty comprehensive list, going beyond what i originally
had in mind. These sorts of things probably belong more in a formal
document (thinking the Fedora/Desktop User guide) rather than a quick
wizard which orientates you.
Another crucial aspect is pointing folks toward
K3b. It will make CD burning easy for even the most novice windoze user.
Nothing comes close in the Linux world to K3b. Though this implies auto
installing at least the KDE libs, technically you want to just install KDE.
Folks that have space issues that would preclude KDE's installation are not
going to use such a wizard anyway. That is one thing I wish Fedora would
correct, the default install will put only Gnome on. That leaves half of the
important apps uninstalled. A default Fedora install is not a very friendly
install to a new Linux user. Vets can easily remove things they don't want,
so I feel the install should default more toward the kitchen sink rather
than the lean install that is currently used.
I think there's good reasons why they've gone with the default package
manifest. I don't know exactly what they are but I'm sure others could
The feedback I get from lots of first time Linux users is that they get
lost. They have no idea what to do with their brand spanking new Linux
installation. Some things like how to configure networking has to be local
on the HD. Without it they cannot reach the FAQs on the net.
Other things like pointers to the better Linux games while not important for
business users would help generate more interest in Linux. A tutorial on
window managers with snap shots of what the major ones look like, how to
install them and such would also be a big help. What is especially important
is how to configure repositories. They will be unable to use the Unofficial
FAQ to get anything through Yum without first adding a repository. I know
Redhat does not add this repository to avoid getting sued over copywrites
and such but don't see where there'd be any harm in using a certain
repository as an example of how to add a repository :)
Most of these things are currently covered by the Desktop/Fedora User Guide...
There is a learning curve no matter what we do but it can be made a whole
lot less steep with Jonathan's idea and the script I am proposing.
Check out Fedora Frog? Might be what you're thinking of. This isn't
really what I had in mind though.