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Ian Weisser: Brainstorm Big 5 - May 2013


Published May 15 2013 via RSS

These are a few of the more interesting current ideas on Brainstorm. When you prepare for UDS, also do a quick Brainstorm search. It's a good way to see what users have thought about the topic in the past.

If you want to leave Developer Feedback on a Brainstorm Idea, but lack permissions, then please contact me. I can assign you permission, or simply add your response for you.  (ian dash weisser at ubuntu dot com)




The all-time top four:

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The current top four all-time Brainstorm Ideas. They change from time to time as new ideas overtake old ideas, or as ideas get merged or implemented or closed.

You may see a common theme among them:

1) Restoring the bootloader by Ubuntu Live media
2) Graphical frontend to edit GRUB menu
3) Provide a simple interface for labeling partitions and external drives
4) Better Hardware Profile Manager

Here is what I see: None of these seem like features requested by unskilled users.

Instead, these seem more likely to be used by migrating power-users who have imprinted upon previous systems...and then discovered their first hurdle on the learning curve.

Now, I'm not proposing that we should implement any of these ideas. Instead, consider it a data point - here is one measure of how Ubuntu is perceived by rather skilled new users. Not what they actually need to be productive, but what they spend their time looking for fruitlessly.

And when they don't find it, some of them rant about Ubuntu. Goodness, just look at some of those comments.
  • Do we want these issues to be the first hurdles for this type of user?
  • Is there an easy alternative we can draw them into?
  • Is there a better message that Ubuntu, Launchpad, the forums, the Teams, etc. should be communicating to them?
  • Are these opportunities to begin their learning curve in a kinder, gentler way?
  • I wonder why those users, after overcoming the hurdle, did not implement a solution to help those who came after them?






Monetization by committee

To round out the Big 5 this month,

Alternative Sources of Income

The top Idea of the past six months, this is a crazy-quilt of monetization ideas.  I've been -among other things- a banker and a real-business-with-employees owner and a QA inspector, so I completely understand how unrealistic some of the money-handling-and-administration Solutions really are. But like the all-time top-four (above), the real message is the intent and the context.
  1. People are still really frustrated by [what they think are] bugs.
    Frustrated enough that some are willing to pay [small amounts] for bug bounties.
    Yet apparently not frustrated enough to actually get involved.
  2. There is also a lot of FUD still floating around about unity-lens-shopping, and some new users are still getting attracted to the tinfoil-hat crowd's message.
  • Is this an opportunity to recruit for the Bug Squad? LoCos? Teams? Upstreams?
  • How can we make our commitment to personal data privacy clearer?
  • How can we improve the message that Ubuntu users are participants, not customers?

Feel free to discuss in the appropriate Brainstorm Idea page, or in the comments section of this blog, or by e-mail...or anywhere else you like. Like at UDS.
Yeah, at UDS.
See you on IRC at UDS!



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