I am still working my way through the various facets of Canonicals offering on my main rig in respect 12.04LTS. Suffice to say as well as being a rock solid, punchy experience, its a distro which my family have felt immediately at home with. Over the last few days I had the opportunity to introduce a new user to the world of Linux and this was via the aforementioned 12.04 release. Here are some of the comments put to me after installing:
I am liking Ubuntu, its very clean and resource efficient
and after getting familiar with a different OS to Windows (approximately 5 hours later)
I am so pleased with my laptop now, I will convert my friends from Windows to Linux
I digress, this article is about Ubuntu Accomplishments and whilst for my friend who has no experience of any OS other than Windows, getting himself up and running was an accomplishment – not because it was difficult, but it was the end of a cycle of years of Windows usage and issues.
So what is/are Ubuntu Accomplishments? To keep it short, imagine achievements on console games that get added to your profile when you complete a certain action in a game. Its a nifty idea that extends the playability of game and surprisingly (though I would not have thought it before) acts as a very inspiring means to get people involved with Ubuntu.
Unlike other OS’s I’d say the Canonical Community is in a class of its own. You have staff like Jono Bacon regularly engaging with users in a friendly and approachable way. There’s a plethora of support out there too, from off the shelf retail books, to sites and tutorials dedicated to learning the tips and tricks of a Canonical release. The idea of accomplishments is an excellent compliment to the distro that encourages participation from its users (before the flames start, I should say many other distro’s do the same too).
The Accomplishments “lens” integrates seamlessly into the Ubuntu/Unity desktop and as you’ll see when my thoughts on 12.04 are released, integration is a regular word used to describe the Ubuntu experience.
The project, whilst in a 0.1 release, already boasts many features is something which will grow over time to further involve the user (if they wish) in the world of Ubuntu (and Linux generally – I think its fair to say)
From Jono Bacon’s site:
- Browse a range of different Ubuntu Community opportunities and filter them based on different categories.
- Click on different opportunities to discover more about them, what is involved, how to get started, as well as tips and tricks for success.
- Some opportunities require others to be completed before you can progress: this provides a logical on-ramp for participation.
- Accomplishments are automatically checked to see if you have achieved them. If you have they are verified to ensure they can’t be faked.
- The GUI client shows your collection of accomplished trophies as well as the available opportunities.
- Comprehensive Unity integration featuring Launcher numbering, notification bubbles, and hi-resolution icons.
- Full translated and available in a range of languages (language support varies due to the early nature of this release…but you you can help translate it!).
- We also provide a collection of community accomplishments covering Development, LoCo Teams, Juju, Governance and more. We need more accomplishments contributing and I will be talking more over the next few days about how you can contribute.
If you are interested in experiencing this project in its early stages, please visit Jono’s site for simple to follow instructions on how to do it. http://www.jonobacon.org/2012/05/01/ubuntu-accomplishments-lens-released/
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