Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Apr 2008 18:01 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Last week, the Ubuntu guys released Ubuntu 8.04, named "Hardy Heron". Instead of posting 24408 news items pointing to different reviews of this new Ubuntu release from all over the world, we decided to collect a few of them over the weekend and present them all in one gulp. I have a feeling some of you might like not seeing three Ubuntu items every day.
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Elderly can't figure it out.
by ninja_in_pajamas on Wed 30th Apr 2008 16:28 UTC
ninja_in_pajamas
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2007-07-26

Though I do somewhat agree with what the third review said, he needs to realize it is not like that for everyone. Case in points are my wife and my mother. Both are computer illiterate, and with the exception of trying to figure out how to install applications, they both had no problems figuring out how to do whatever they wanted. I think if Ubuntu changed the name of Synaptics to something a little more obvious like install/remove applications, that part would have remedied itself right there. With every OS, there will be people who have difficulty making a switch to it. If you grew up on a Mac your whole life and then switched to windows, there would obviously be a bit of a learning curve.

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apoclypse Member since:
2007-02-17

Umm. What? Add/Remove programs is clearly labeled in the application menu. That is what non-power users should be using anyway.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Umm. What? Add/Remove programs is clearly labeled in the application menu. That is what non-power users should be using anyway.


Absolutely.

http://www.screenshots-archive.com/ubuntu-804-hardy-heron-addremove...

You select the category on the right-hand panel (or you can choose to show all categories). The categories are the same as the top-level menu groupings of applications. You get a list of available applications in that group in the main panel with those applications of that group which are already installed shown with a tick in their box.

You also have a search capability, that will search for matching text in the name or description, and display all the matches in the main panel.

If you highlight any application, the lower-right panel will show you a detailed description of the application.

You un-tick those boxes that are already ticked (= already installed) in order to select them to be removed, or you tick those that are not already ticked in order to select them for installation.

Then you click the button labelled "Apply Changes".

Even grannies can do it.

Edited 2008-05-01 06:05 UTC

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Though I do somewhat agree with what the third review said, he needs to realize it is not like that for everyone. Case in points are my wife and my mother. Both are computer illiterate, and with the exception of trying to figure out how to install applications, they both had no problems figuring out how to do whatever they wanted. I think if Ubuntu changed the name of Synaptics to something a little more obvious like install/remove applications, that part would have remedied itself right there. With every OS, there will be people who have difficulty making a switch to it. If you grew up on a Mac your whole life and then switched to windows, there would obviously be a bit of a learning curve.


Ubuntu does have a utility called "Add/remove programs" that is right there in the very top-level menu. If I recall correctly, "Add/remove programs" is the ONLY actual program in Ubuntu's top-level menu ... all the other entries at the top level lead to sub-level menus.

It can't get more obvious than that, surely?

Synaptics (which is the advance but still GUI way to install programs) is actually down in the third level of menus, and it is called something obscure such as "Synaptics package manager".

So why on earth would a granny hunt around in the third layer of menus and find and use something cryptically called a "Synaptics package manager" in order to install programs in Ubuntu, when right there on the very top level of menus, bold as brass, is something plainly called "Add/remove programs"?

http://www.ubuntu.com/files/GutsyImages/Applications-Menu.jpg

Yep, there it is ... Applications -> Add/Remove ... the only application on the Ubuntu top-level menu ... all the other entries lead to sub-menus.

I am calling FUD/astroturfer on this one. I do not believe that this person's wife or mother ever used Ubuntu ... either that, or they just can't read.

Edited 2008-05-01 05:35 UTC

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