EasyUbuntu Is About Filling The Linux Gaps

I did a Fedora Core Getting Started Guide once upon a time. For many years it and HotSheet competed every month to see which would be the most popular item on this website and many months the Fedora Guide took first instead of second. People crave an easy way to not only get Linux and install it, both things that have been well addressed by Linux distributions of the last few years, but also to get it setup to use in a manner similar to what they were comfortable with under Windows.
They want Flash and Java in their browser, they want to be able to listen to their MP3 files and play videos from off the web, install new fonts, plug in their USB key and have it work, etc.
While it doesn’t address all of these, EasyUbuntu is a program which Ubuntu Linux users can run and get set up automatically to play MP3 files, get Java/Flash and get them installed, as well as several other improvements which are fundamental to re-creating the computing experience most of us expect these days when we sit down at a computer. Everything it does is optional and the UI is designed to be simple. Just check the features you want installed and off you go.
I’m not running Ubuntu at this time, but it seems to have overtaken Fedora Core in the hearts and minds of many as the most likely candidate for a desktop Linux sufficiently friendly to be installed in a normal non-guru computer user’s desktop. EasyUbuntu takes that even further and is exactly the sort of thing I had envisioned Fedora Core getting someday but Ubuntu has it first.
Here is my one and only piece of advice for the EasyUbuntu guys. Beginning Linux users don’t need multiple ways to do the same thing. Don’t be afraid to go ahead and make some choices for them. For example, you list both Wengo and Skype as Voice Over IP solutions you’ll add. There’s no need for that. Pick Skype and be done with it, knowing that the end user will have the most common VOIP solution and will still be able to talk to multitudes of users still on other operating systems. For the majority of users who need something like EasyUbuntu, choices are just confusion. They will install both, or neither, and have no way to judge which they should be using.

1 thought on “EasyUbuntu Is About Filling The Linux Gaps

  1. Mark Crocker

    you list both Wengo and Skype as Voice Over IP solutions you’ll add. There’s no need for that. Pick Skype and be done with it

    I wholeheartedly disagree! Skype uses proprietary protocols and is closed source. While I’m not going to go so far as to say that it’s evil, and I’m willing to admit that the reason that most of the items on EasyUbuntu aren’t included in the default ubuntu install for similar reasons, I still think that a REAL SIP client would serve ubuntu users much better. To compete with Skype, all you need is a SIP client that is pre-configured to work with FreeWorldDialup to overcome the setup problems that were the only real reason that Skype has been as successful as it has been. Wengo is, at least, a good approximation to this and belongs on the list.


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