Nicer docs for making the most of GNOME
For a long time, we have had the getting started docs in help. These were originally intended to help people, well, get started - it was the essential information you needed to migrate to GNOME 3, which was shown on first run.
The major challenge that we've had with getting started is that it was hosted as part of Help: this severely constrained the layout, presentation, navigation and overall feel, all at a time (onboarding) when the user needs to be impressed and get a good impression.
We have designs for a new onboarding experience, to replace Help/Getting Started as the first thing that someone sees in their first session. This is designed to be brief and show the absolute essentials.
However, the question then becomes: how does someone learn a bit more about GNOME? The kind of learning that I'm thinking about here is more exploratory. It's the kind of information that enables people to make the most of GNOME. My feeling is that there are a lot of tricks that we as GNOME designer/developers are familiar with, but aren't widely known about. It's as much about advertising features as it is learning functionality:
- Common system-level shortcuts
- Alt+Tab and the things you can do with it
- Common touchpad gestures
- How to add favourites to the dash
- Workspaces (including how to get the most out of them)
- Half-window tiling
- Online accounts - what's available, what they can do
- Night light
- Files: advanced search, batch renaming
- Emoji entry (Ctrl+., Characters, ...)
- Format conversion in the calculator
Since help doesn't seem to be going anywhere, and we don't have many people working on this, my idea is to do something low tech: a PDF document with this information, or a local web page, which we can ship as part of the desktop, and point to at the end of the first run assistant as a place to go to learn more.