Just thought I should clear up what’s going on with Ubuntu’s installer slideshow for Maverick, since I’ve been getting lots of bug reports about it.
Today’s beta still has the old Lucid slideshow (with one little change so it isn’t blatantly outdated), but we are working on a new one. It’s all from a smart new design mocked up by Michael Forrest. We’re changing things by adding big screenshots and reusing copy from the Ubuntu tour on the web.
Of course, using content from the website does change the underlying tone a little; it is consistent describing what you’re getting rather than (with frequent exceptions) how you start using it. But what’s life without change? What I love about the tour is it’s really simple and well written and it makes some extra effort to show what you can get. I think this is perfect to go with the new Software Centre, which is going to make those options much more relevant to everyday users. So, no more duplicate effort writing introduction text we already have on ubuntu.com. That approach is going to help keep things simple, which is something the project needs (because it is simple and it should convey that simplicity at all levels of its existence… as opposed to my colossal sentences, apparently)!
Finally, I can’t claim image compression has changed in the last two years to allow this. Andrew, you were right: images are great!
If you have any questions, concerns or ideas about this, please leave a note in the comments and be excellent to each other.