Ubuntu Welcome Centre

Registered by Alwin Garside on 2006-06-05

An initial 'tour' of Ubuntu would help getting new users started, and critically get them using the (local) wiki and forums so that they are in a position to get help as and when they need it.
The idea is to have a Welcome Wndows open up when a new user logs in, with the option to disable it.

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Status:
Not started
Approver:
None
Priority:
Undefined
Drafter:
ghee22
Direction:
Needs approval
Assignee:
None
Definition:
Discussion
Series goal:
Proposed for edgy
Implementation:
Unknown
Milestone target:
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This blueprint is currently inactive and has passed it's first goal release without completion. If you have interest in this spec or can add links to related bug reports. Please select 'Edit Whiteboard' and add your comment. [DuncanLithgow] Jan 10, 2008

Every so often it's apparent in the forums that having this type of feature would be very useful to help new (especially Windows) users move to a (what is to them a very alien) new operating system. For example here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=992331 So this feature would still be very useful. Even just an introductory screencast shown by default (ala the "Windows Tour" that MS included with Windows XP) would be useful, or even just a shortcut on the desktop to such a screencast entitled "Watch me first!" or something like that. I've quickly looked up similar looking blueprints and possibly related other documentation. The links are as follows:
https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/first-start-intro
https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/ubuntu-welcome-window
https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/welcome-window
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ScreencastTeam
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ScreencastsInUbuntuSpec
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UltimateScreencastingApplication
[ByteJuggler; Nov. 24, 2008]

I can take this.
A desktop tour would be a very useful tool to help migrate new users. We do't want to rewrite existing content, only give it a new presentation and make it quicker, shorter and more attractive.
I ca iplement this trough python (maybe Vala) with WebKit.
All the magic and aniations could be done trough HTML + CSS + JavaScript (scrip.aculo.us) and PNG.
{dael99, 5 Oct 2009}

Declining this one for UDS Lucid, as I think the new slide show during install accomplishes some of this goal, and past UDS discussions on having something start on first login have always ended up with most people not liking the idea.

Curently, I have a slideshow-like tour, using python + webkit + JavaScript. The python backend is responsible for loading
the initial html and load contents in an Ajax-like way, also it searchs for {ids} in htm files and replaces with the localized string.
The tour have now effects provided by Scrip.aculo.us, in the next days, audio narrations are planned, but they will be optionally enabled (installed on runtime). Obviously a checkbox to disable (and uninstall the tour) is provided.
More soon at http://launchpad.net/ubuntu-welcome-window
[dael99; 26 Jan 2009]

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