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 improved welcome screen

Created 8 years ago, edited 8 years ago.
Status changed 6 years ago
Author:

leagallow
Status:
Selected
  Score:
 82
148 votes
Idea:

Hi everyone!

first i want to let you know that mint is the best distro in the linux world en it gets every day better and better but as every os it is not perfect.

so here is the idea,

To create a welcome screen with more options to configure your computer. Things like desktop theme and background. Serveral options for desktop icons (for firefox, openoffice.org (and programs frequently used), Visual effect and a options for installing more drivers. Ofcourse, there should be then a button to skip this.

The other part, is a intergrated tour threw the distro, wich i kinda like in windows.

Let's be onest, linux is the os to configure almost everything you want it, so if we can let that come back in mint within a user friendly envirmont it would be great, what do you think?

Comments:

6 years ago

RayWoods
I'm going to mark this as Considered. With the new Desktops used by Linux Mint the Manual pdf will need updating and maybe, some sort of presentation on the Welcome Screen may be a good idea...

New > Considered
 
7 years ago

Sweyn78
I agree with holyguyver's version of this, except about the DVD part; CD's are infinitely cheaper...  
7 years ago

bugz
This is low priority from my point of view.  
7 years ago

blueXrider
We might consider doing something like this: Kaptan Desktop


http://desktoplinuxreviews.com/2011/01/31/pardus-2011/3/
 
7 years ago

blaine00
Let's not be like Windows.  
7 years ago

Snookybear
I'm a newbie still on Linux still; I love Mint is is so very cool, appealing, and not a resource hog like Windows. I think that Linux Mint (Debian based 32 bit) is the best thing since my girlfriend. Your idea does make since. That way I can learn more about Linux.  
7 years ago

Steampunk-Nick
holyguyver totally has the right idea, I would love to see that idea become a part of Linux Mint  
7 years ago

Boringbytes
A brief slide-show, video, or interactive tour would make a good impression, and offer helpful information in an encouraging and user friendly way. However, simply linking to information stored on the Internet makes it useless and frustrating for first time users who don't have their Internet already up and running on the first boot into their new Linux Operating system. I think all the Welcome information, and content MUST be available locally from the user's computer. I agree we can, and should, improve the welcome screen...its a new user's first hello from their beautiful new Linux mint OS.  
7 years ago

Angtagapagligt
I don't thing that would be really great. A normal user would be just overcharged with this.
It would be much greater if it would be implemented in the installation.
 
7 years ago

raiyan1
Pardus has a nice screen during installation which let's you configure themes, icons and wallpapers along with mouse options. I think Linux Mint needs an improved welcome screen.  
7 years ago

punkrtekk
I think the best idea is the one holyguyver wrote... +1  
8 years ago

orionthehunter
A really polished tour of the distribution would be a fantastic startup screen. What's the possibility of detecting a network connection and then embedding a youtube video if found? If not show a much smaller slide show.  
8 years ago

jerrycute
good  
8 years ago

jhpassarelli
Love it!!  
8 years ago

tanmays
Well.. to be honest, I never used the welcome screen. I usually turn it off immediately after installation. However an improved welcome screen would be an eye candy and seems like a hell of work for the developers.  
8 years ago

thx1138
Looks like a hell of work, but it will encourage first time users to make friend with a new environment by being guided through some first steps without using forums, google or any other external sources.
I like the idea.
 
8 years ago

mintNewbie
yeah it wolud be nicer as been said by holyguyver.Welcome screen is the first impression that would determine wheteher pos or neg perception on new user.With professional good looking would attract all user instead..  
8 years ago

pazuzuthewise
Re: (ikey) and where abouts on the ISO would you fit the welcome video?
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Not on the iso, just a link to a webpage with an online video and a slideshow for people with slow connection. On the iso it would be good maybe to include the pdf manual at least, for those that momentarily can't access the internet (modem not recognized etc.)
 
8 years ago

Monarch
eh if it matters the isadora welcome screen its excellent :D  
8 years ago

beyecixramd
The tour, i had a similar idea like this one: making a Slideshow introducing Mint to newcomers, etc  
9 years ago

Fugy
I agree with clowns789 and siz182 Gloria's login screen was nicer.  
9 years ago

siz182
I agree with clowns789, Gloria's login screen was better. I think the idea would be nice for first time users of the system who want a tour, or don't know how to do those things for themselves. But I can see how it could also be intrusive and obnoxious to someone who didn't want to go through the motions.

Maybe there could simply be a note in the welcome info box, informing users that a theme wizard was available in preferences menu. I dunno though, theming the system is pretty user friendly already, much easier than Windows.
 
9 years ago

holyguyver
I think it would be nice if it was like the standard welcome screen we already have in Mint but it had 3 buttons at the bottom, one to go straight into using the system, the second button to be given a video tour of the system, & the third button to make personal configurations of your system, & when someone has completed one of the latter two it takes them back to the welcome screen were they can choose to do one of the other ones or go directly into the system (which is one of the choices after all :) ) & yeah I think going with DVD iso's are fine now as everyone either has a DVD drive or is booting from USB. The only editions that should still be CD is the xfce & fluxbox & the lighter variants.  
9 years ago

ibm450
agreed, also put all software i.e. like vlc, tweaks,themes wallpapers,hardware hacks and other apps onto a dvd iso. its about time we upgrade to dvd iso's  
9 years ago

darkone06
so long as it is done in a way that doesnt harass the user  
9 years ago

clowns789
Personally I liked the login screen on Gloria better.  

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