Remember that slideshow when you did a fresh install of Ubuntu Karmic?
For Lucid, ubiquity-slideshow is rocking, if I may say so myself :)
First of all, a quick refresher: this is a really simple project with the goal of providing an introductory slideshow that runs when people install Ubuntu. The ubiquity-slideshow packages are all content packages, then Ubiquity displays that content at the right time.
As far as content is concerned, I try to keep this different from other introductory slideshows in the content that I maintain. It doesn’t try to sell the product as people install it, instead providing some exciting points of action for getting started. Not as vague as you get in Windows’ slideshows, but not an in-depth how-to either.
The idea is really summed up in the first slide: Through this I want to encourage new users to explore Ubuntu and really discover how awesome it is (instead of what buttons to press).
(I admit it: I am obsessed with whitespace)
So: Lucid… Lots of new stuff here.
First of all, the project is now providing separate slideshows for Xubuntu, Kubuntu and Ubuntu installations. It’s also really easy to add more, so anyone who wants in on neat slideshowy action can!
I’m hoping to get an Ubuntu Netbook Edition slideshow in there, too. It isn’t perfect at the moment, so if you have any suggestions for what needs to be done or said, please let me know or write to the ubiquity-slideshow mailing list on Launchpad!
Translations aren’t horrific to work with any more. It’s still possible that strings may change before documentation freeze, but the gist of it is we just have one translation template that has all the text for each slideshow. You can go through the list on a rainy afternoon and have your favourite distro’s installer slideshow completely translated for your locale.
Speaking of strings being changeable, if you see any errors, things that sound strange, things that are useless, things we need or things that you could say better, please file a bug or let me know. I keep a recent copy of things at http://people.ubuntu.com/~dylanmccall/ubiquity-slideshow-ubuntu
Michael Forrest and Otto Greenslade, from the design team, sent me a mockup and some graphics to fit with the exciting new Ubuntu branding. I worked them into the CSS and played with the text a little. Thus, behold, the proposed new look for the Ubuntu slideshow!
The whole thing can be seen on the web. It is a little bit larger than the one in Karmic.
Imagine it in Ubiquity, without a border, inside the awesome new Ambience theme, gracefully connecting to the title bar. Mmm…
Keep in mind this is still a proposal, just fully implemented (granted a few clunky bits).
Any constructive feedbacks or cries of “stop, you maniac!” are certainly not in vain :)
Thanks for listening!