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Re: Getting involved

On Tue, Jun 07, 2005 at 11:54:04AM +0200, fabienne s wrote:
> http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/installmanual

> Now, once on this page, once again, how is the "average" user supposed 
> to know that AMD is an i386 architecture (without consulting wikipedia 
> or google or something).  Next the user chooses i386 in their language, 
> and poof! page not found.  The only links that work are the ones at the 
> top of the page in english.

Which links don't work for you?  Taking a large random sampling of the
manual links for i386, I can't find any that don't work for me.

> Maybe I should cut the website maintainers some slack,

A bug report to debian-doc@lists.debian.org would be a bit more useful than
just cutting them slack...

> So it took me (and maybe a first time user) FIVE webhops (minimum) to 
> find that AMD is in fact one of the architectures supported by Debian 
> and incidentally only ONE to see that sparc and arm are supported.  

Well, I doubt that people who don't know that AMD's processors are x86
(i386) compatible know what sparc or arm are anyway? :)

Certainly, I can't think of a reason why that page *shouldn't* include a
link to further explanation of our architecture divisions, though.

I don't think this is the kind of thing that should be replaced with a wiki,
however; *these* pages are ones that we want to be impervious to wikispam...

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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