Remember the Ubuntu Wiki!

Hello all you happy people. I’ve been noticing that people–myself included–are asking many questions without checking available resources first. This is my way of chastising myself and reminding others of this wonderful thing that Ubuntu did. It’s called a Wiki, and it is of near-infinite use. Almost anything that you want about your Ubuntu system you can learn from that Wiki. This includes things like tutorials on how to install codecs, setting up MythTV, setting up Xen, and many other useful things.
Just look how useful they are. Here’s how you can install some codecs…
Just visit http://wiki.ubuntu.com and search. I am always amazed at how simple it is to find information there.

6 Replies to “Remember the Ubuntu Wiki!”

  1. Why does the Ubuntu wiki have top level navigation different from the ubuntu.com site, which is again different from the Planet site? Just try going to ubuntu.com, then click Wiki, then click Planet (which magically appears). It’s a litle crazy what happens to those tabs, no? That whole lack of organization makes me leery of the Ubuntu websites’ general reliability– if I can’t even navigate via top-level tabs, why should I think I’ll be able to find anything using the Wiki’s own organizational system? Rather, if I happen to find something on Ubuntu’s wiki, it’s almost always because a Google search found it. There’s been a bug submitted for the site’s navigational problem for months with no action taken. If someone can figure out how to convince whoever is in charge to make the Ubuntu website’s top level navigation less embarrassing, then I’ll start using the Wiki as a primary resource rather than just relying on Google! (My guess is that there are several people involved- the webmaster for ubuntu.com, the webmaster for the wiki, and the webmaster for Planet. But it’s beyond me to determine how to figure out who is accountable).

  2. On Ubuntu’s website, it says the best way to get the word to the webmasters is to submit a bug report on launchpad, which was done back in September (https://launchpad.net/ubuntu-website/+bug/58844 ). The last message on that site was basically “don’t worry, it’s being taken care of”. I’m probably too impatient, and perhaps there are other issues involved apart from simply changing some html. Although, if so, it’d be nice, albeit not absolutely necessary, to know what those issues are. In any case, I’ll be happier and more inclined to use the websites, once that’s fixed.

  3. Since you are an FSF supporter (thanks for that, I join you in supporting the FSF), you might want to know that some of the codecs you indirectly point to are non-free software. The codecs and fonts for Microsoft Windows (I think they’re called the “w32codecs”) are non-free no matter where you are in the world.
    It’s unfortunate that we don’t (yet?) have free software replacements for these codecs, even passed along underground like the deCSS software is in countries where sharing it is illegal. That way we could enjoy the same media without trading away our software freedom.
    I’ve chosen to just say no to installing these codecs on my gNewSense GNU/Linux system. But I think users ought to consider the issue in terms of their freedom to inspect, share, and modify, and the freedom of people they share software with. We shouldn’t just look at any software in terms of its utility.

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