Debian Live website usability
Today I decided I wanted to try out Debian Live (to see how well
Debian works on a certain new laptop). Great --- so I visited
I came in wanting to know:
- where to find a cdimage
- whether it would include debian-installer
- (possible bonus) how to burn it
- potential pitfalls, if any
The main page does not make this as easy as I'd like (in fact, I still
don't know if a cdimage is available).
Here it is, for reference:
[Archive] et c.
Download releases: [stable] [testing]
Download snapshots: [daily] [weekly] [monthly]
Manual: [en] [de] [fr] [it] [pt_BR] [ro]
Web Images Builder: [CGI] [Django]
- I am not sure separating user information from developer information
in this way makes much sense. Wouldn't basic information like "how
Debian Live works", "where to get the sources", and "known bugs"
be interesting to both groups?
- The "User" link points to the "User" image rather than an actual
page. The link is distracting. Can it be avoided?
- What does the "archive" link represent? Does it belong on the front
- The "Download releases" and "Download snapshots" links go to a
directory listing, and it is not clear how (or whether) to get to
an ISO image from there. Is one meant to navigate by analogy to the
installer images? Perhaps a landing page with an explanation of that
- By contrast, I had expected the "Manual" link to go straight to the
manual, since I had given choice of language already. Maybe a simple
link saying "Manual" would have made this easier. On the landing page,
I think the first link should go straight to the manual, not the mailing
list (i.e., "Available formats" should come before "How to contribute").
- What is a "web images builder"? Why do I care if it uses CGI or django?
- The Project section similarly has a list of mysterious-looking links.
- The links are grey. Black or blue would be easier to read.
Thanks for making Debian Live and live-helper a reality.