What needs to happen to make installer slideshows excellent in Quantal

Registered by Dylan McCall on 2012-05-09

A discussion about the state of installer slideshows (ubiquity-slideshow-ubuntu) in Ubuntu and flavours. Plans for a stronger project structure and better localization.

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Direction:
Needs approval
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Definition:
New
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Sprints

Whiteboard

http://summit.ubuntu.com/uds-q/meeting/20718/installer-slideshow-checkup-and-planning/
http://pad.ubuntu.com/uds-q-installer-slideshow-checkup-and-planning

Topics to discuss:
Many different slideshows: Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu… How are we doing?
Schedule? Resources? Testing?
Copy for Ubuntu slideshow really needs love from a dedicated individual :) Any volunteers?
How about translation? Is there anything that would help?
Changing branch layout starting with Quantal.
We need to land critical things like screenshots, on time, without needing to push against hard deadlines.
Can we / should we fiddle with how localization works? Currently involves a tedious build process that generates hundreds of html files.
Localization for screenshots. Can we support this? How does documentation do it? Is it worth the effort for our purposes?
Putting community in the slideshow. There's interest in linking to Ubuntu Forums in the slideshow. Is this important? Thoughts, opinions…

http://people.ubuntu.com/~dylanmccall/ubiquity-slideshow-ubuntu/preview/

Hard deadlines for slideshow changes
Alpha 1: Change references to 12.04 to 12.10
Alpha 2:
Alpha 3: First round of screenshots
Beta 1: Finish writing copy, Translation import :)
Beta 2: Translation import
Can Launchpad do a translation length limit?.
Template could be tested (automatically) with 150% the English content.
Build script more granular (be able to build a single language if needed).
Automate build of: http://people.ubuntu.com/~dylanmccall/ubiquity-slideshow-ubuntu/preview/
Translated screenshots via localized iso utility - ubuntu-defaults-builder.
People should subscribe to https://launchpad.net/~ubiquity-slideshow

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Work Items

Work items:
[dylanmccall] Translation format. Investigate changing away from giant heap of html files: DONE
[dylanmccall] Defaults builder support for customizing slideshow: INPROGRESS
[robweaver6969] trim up readme file in debian package: TODO
[dylanmccall] Screenshots that don't depend on wallpaper? Or blue-screen effect: TODO
[dylanmccall] Start subscribing teams to their derivatives' slideshow's bug reports: TODO
[otto-chaotic] design new wallpaper earlier in the cycle: TODO
[nuthinking] reflect community support prioritization on ubuntu.com website (raise Ask Ubuntu?): TODO

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