Ubuntu Power Users: Getting the most from Ubuntu

A few days ago “The Internet’s” Jono Bacon posted on his blog an idea to create a Ubuntu Power User community, to help people get the most of their Ubuntu experience. I have to agree that this is a good idea. The Ubuntu devs and design team work hard to make to Ubuntu Linux the best experience it can be for new users, and we need to do this if we want widespread adoption of Ubuntu. 200 million users… Yes we can!!!

The problem is many of us want more out of our Ubuntu experience than the base Ubuntu install can give us. We want to take the Ubuntu and tweak it and make it our own. A Power User is someone who likes to tweak the user interface, is not afraid of changing the default settings or install useful extensions. But a Power User doesn’t necessary need to know how to code or compile a package from source code. A Power User is just a user… with power [1].

So with the this call to arms, the Ubuntu Power User community was created. This group foundations are still being built, but we do have some goals for the next release cycle of Ubuntu.

1. Documentation of existing tools and tweak: This team could a central repository documentation of useful tools, tweaks, and configuration utilities for the desktop, kernel, and other parts of Ubuntu Linux. This can can help sort the safe and useful tools from tools and tweak that could cause unforeseen harm someone’s Ubuntu Linux install.

2. Provide tools: The long term would be getting some of the most useful tools and tweaks upsteamed into the Ubuntu default install. Unity quicklist are a good example of low hanging fruit that many power users use, but would still be useful in the Ubuntu default install. Also the Power User community could work developers of such great tools as Ubuntu Tweak, Gunity, and others to give them feedback on their projects and help make this tools more a part of the wider Ubuntu community with the goal creating a ultimate configuration tool or kitchen sink app for the more advanced users of Ubuntu.

If you are interested in joining this community, check out our Launchpad team (https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-power-users), Wiki (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PowerUsers), Mailing List (https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-power-users), and IRC channel (http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=ubuntu-power-users). We will soon start having regular IRC meetings to further define our goals and purpose in the Ubuntu community.

Citations
[1] Who is a Power User? – https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PowerUsers/

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  • sect2k says:

    “The Ubuntu devs and design team work hard to make to Ubuntu Linux the best experience it can be for new users, and we need to do this if we want widespread adoption of Ubuntu. 200 million users… Yes we can!!! ”

    Sorry, but this has to be the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. The goal should be mo make it the best experience for users, period.

  • Mike says:

    The default Ubuntu great experience for both new and advanced users, but it can not be an optimal experience but groups. If we really want Linux to expand beyond a niche market on the desktop we need to make the OOTB desktop welcoming to new users, but want to make sure make that the tools and docs exist for advanced users to make the Ubuntu desktop more to their liking.