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Bug#608828: installation-guide: Users need direction to the functionality they expect

Package: installation-guide
Severity: wishlist


Many users expect that their system have software that's
not in the stock Debian stable repos.  Examples include newer
versions of major desktop packages found in backports,
various programs supporting different sorts of multi-media
display, and so forth.  Chapter 8, next steps,
should either include the content of or point users
toward a resource like
http://wiki.debian.org/DebianSoftware, which describes
other software resources that are supported by the Debian
community at large.

This should help attract and retain users who think that
Debian "does not run the software they want".  I am not
proposing to ignore the Debian Social Contract
in an effort to attract as many users as possible.
I am proposing that Debian advertise it's capabilities 
to compete with other distros for users.  Referring
new users to community supported software resources
would enhance the Debian experience and further this goal.

(Ideally this change would be made before the squeeze
release so as not to lose years of new users.)


Karl O. Pinc

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 5.0.7
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.26-2-686 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

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