Gnome 3 feels weird for someone that is coming from Windows. Different way to launch Apps, Embedded Chat and Notification System, Online Accounts, Workspaces etc. The goal is simple, lets make things more obvious to new users.
While Getting Started Help will land in Gnome 3.8, there is a work beyond this, that will arrive in later versions.
How it works?
In Gnome 3.8 will also see the Initial Setup, which is a module separated from Installation Manager, to help us create our very first User Account. Unfortunately Ubuntu users will never see that, Fedora 19 has it already on their repos, and I am not sure what’s the case with other Gnome distros. If you don’t know what Initial Setup is you can check here.
After Initial Setup is done, there is a question if you want to launch the Getting Started, or skip this and start using your system. By accepting Getting Started you will start the new Gnome Intro Guide.
Jakub -Jimmac-Steiner says:
The intro video will play back fullscreen when you select the “getting started” at the end of the intial setup, and at the end it will launch yelp with the getting started page opened. It’s a sort of a meta intro, it’s opt in. The videos will be rendered into a couple of languages, but only around 5, only left to right languages really work, but all languages will have subtitles. Not all pages will have videos, some will be better off explained with text & images.
These are not the original sounds!
What will be really challenging is an intro to Workspaces use. I know that people from Windows cannot easily understand the concept of Workspaces and in Gnome2 or even in Unity they do not really use them. In Gnome 3 Workspaces is a first class citizen and one of the most powerful features.
Some people would prefer an interactive introduction to Gnome. Each approach has advantages and disadvantages, but lazy people certainly prefer videos -I am saying from personal experience :)
This is how Getting Started Page looks today in Yelp, and of course is far from completed.You can get it from: http://git.gnome.org/browse/gnome-getting-started-docs/
A re-designed Gnome Help [Yelp]
McCann works to a new Help App, that will drop the casual “textual” mode and will be more “web-ish” and modern. Basically Gnome follows a lot practices from Web-Services rather from other DE.
This is just a very early draft, I think the first one. So nothing really to see apart from it will be pure Gnome App!