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Re: [Paparazzi-devel] Improving documentation

From: Adam Spence
Subject: Re: [Paparazzi-devel] Improving documentation
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2010 12:41:29 -0500

Hey Poine,

It's just my 2 cents worth but I think the documentation is perfectly adequate. I think what people struggle most with is reading all of it to get an understanding of everything. I think we live in a world where people don't expect to have to read the user manual anymore and can use software as it is but expecting it to be intuitive.

I think the XML configuration files are excellent but I wonder if it would be better to put together a flexible interface for the XML config files. I appreciate the challenges there are but this could make Paparazzi more accessible to many people.

I also think the other biggest issue is with Linux. The pre-installed ubuntu images are excellent but it still requires the user to be able to format or re-partition a computer. They also have to go through a number of what may appear obstacles before it works.

I love linux and am a great fan but I think for average joe who is used to Windows it's a big step. I've recently moved across to using Virtual Box as my work laptop is up to the task and have to say that everything is working out well. I wonder if it would be appropriate to maintain a virtual hard drive for virtual box.

With regards to that I wonder if another improvement would be convenience icons which perform things like SVN updates etc. I know all of the hard core linux gurus out there will be disgusted by the thought (just be happy I didn't say port to Windows!) but we have to be practical if we want to make the system more accessible.

Like I say, just my 2 cents worth!



On 19 July 2010 10:39, antoine drouin <address@hidden> wrote:
Hello Wolrd

Eric and I had a long discussion about the Ultimate Question of Life,
The Universe, and Everything, and also about what would be needed to
improve Paparazzi.
Of course we quite quickly stumbled on usability issues and from that
to documentation issues.
Eric is willing to experiment with different ideas for the
documentation and for that he figured that writing a pilot on a
particular topic would be a good starting point to gather unstilted
Now the question arises of what particular topic should he pick ?
We're eager for your suggestions.



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