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Flyer update


regardless whether we'll be able to print updated flyers or the current
ones for LinuxTag, I'd like to propose a couple of wording changes to
the flyer. I have left the layout as is for the time being, if people
have suggestions here please let me know.

I basically rewrote the first paragraph to take the focus a bit off the
kernel and also explain why it's called GNU/Linux.

I've only made some minor changes to the rest of the left column.

I removed the part about 6 CDs in the right column, this value gets
obsolete rather quick anyway.

Most notably, I rearranged the enumeration of features.

1) Mention Gnome and KDE at the beginning

2) Mention OpenOffice and it's file format compatibility

3) Mention APT and its frontends

4) Remove GIMP, it's not really an outstanding killer app anymore.

This is just a first draft. Things we should probably pimp more:
the debian installer, LSB, other desktop apps (like GIMP, evolution,
etc), mentioning servers explicitley (apache, bind, etc.), debconf, ...

The part about d-i would probably fit better in the left column, but
there is not much space left. 

This is the diff:

Index: english.tex
RCS file: /var/cvs/debian/goodies/flyers/general/english.tex,v
retrieving revision 1.9
diff -u -r1.9 english.tex
--- a/english.tex       24 Jun 2002 11:16:51 -0000      1.9
+++ b/english.tex       8 Jun 2004 15:37:06 -0000
@@ -21,14 +21,17 @@

-Debian is a free operating system (OS) for your computer. An operating
-system is the set of basic programs and utilities that make your
-computer run. At the core of every operating system is the kernel.  It
-is the most fundamental program on the computer: it does all the basic
-housekeeping and lets you start other programs. Debian is currently
-based on the Linux kernel and includes more than 9,500 packages of
-utilities and applications. Almost 1,000 developers are working hard
-to maintain Debian's high quality.
+Debian is a free operating system (OS) for your computer.  It includes all
+types of applications you need for typical usages.  Debian is currently
+based on the fast, featureful and stable Linux kernel, which controls the
+hardware and distributes the system resources to the applications.  On top
+of the kernel the GNU tools provide applications with a powerful
+environment to perform all the basic tasks one expects from an operating
+system, hence the name GNU/Linux. 
+%Debian currently includes more than
+%10,000 packages of applications and utilities.  
+%Almost 1,000 developers are
+%working hard to maintain Debian's high quality.

@@ -50,7 +53,7 @@
 The Debian project is a 100\% volunteer effort aiming at producing
-a world class Open Source operating system. There are currently about
+a world class Free Software operating system. There are currently about
 1,000 people from around the world developing the Debian
 system, each with roles ranging from package development through
 quality assurance, security, policy, and strategy. The Debian project
@@ -70,12 +73,12 @@
 The Debian packaging system permits a seamless transition to newer
 program versions without the requirement to begin a new installation
-from scratch, and it won't delete your old configuration.
+from scratch, and it won't delete your manual configurations.
 Dependencies between programs are handled automatically:
 If a package which you want to install
 requires another package, the installer takes care of it.
-You can install and upgrade using disks,
-CD-ROMs, or over a network connection.
+You can easily install and upgrade over a network connection or using

@@ -112,25 +115,25 @@

-Actually, the complete Debian GNU/Linux distribution fits barely on 6 CDs
-(architecture-dependent precompiled binaries, even more CDs with source). Inside
-you'll find:
+Actually, the complete Debian GNU/Linux distribution includes over 10,000
+packages.  Inside you'll find:

-the full set of GNU utilities, editors (emacs, vi,~\ldots), network
-clients (telnet, ftp, finger,~\ldots), web browsers, privacy tools
-(gpg, ssh,~\ldots), email clients, and every little tool you can think
+the full set of GNU utilities, editors (emacs, vi,~\ldots), 
+%clients (telnet, ftp, finger,~\ldots), 
+web browsers, privacy tools (gpg, ssh,~\ldots), email clients, and every little
+tool you can think of

-full set of network protocols (PPP, TCP/IP, Apple\tm\ EtherTalk,
-Windows\tm\ SMB, Novell\tm,~\ldots)
+network clients and servers for all major protocols (HTTP, PPP,
+TCP/IP, Apple\tm\ EtherTalk, Windows\tm\ SMB, Novell\tm,~\ldots)

@@ -144,8 +147,9 @@

-the X11 Window System, complete with dozens of window managers and the
-two leading desktops: Gnome and KDE
+two complete, integrated and easy to use desktop environments: Gnome and
+KDE, each including all necessary desktop applications for home and office

@@ -166,8 +170,8 @@

-a complete set of office applications: WYSIWYG editors, calendars,
-spreadsheets, databases, etc.
+OpenOffice, a complete office suite with support for Microsoft\tm Office file 

@@ -179,6 +183,14 @@

+the APT package system, which lets you install a package including all its
+dependencies over the internet with one command, as well as easy to use
+frontends for it (aptitude, synaptic)
 \def\KnowMoreCaption{Want to know more?}
Index: layout.tex
RCS file: /var/cvs/debian/goodies/flyers/general/layout.tex,v
retrieving revision 1.5
diff -u -r1.5 layout.tex
--- a/layout.tex        24 Jun 2002 11:19:36 -0000      1.5
+++ b/layout.tex        8 Jun 2004 15:37:06 -0000
@@ -109,13 +109,14 @@

Discuss :)


Michael Banck
Debian Developer

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