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This would be time consuming I would think. Moderators would have to review each and every video for acceptance and it meets any requirements. They have hard enough time keeping up with reported posts, reviewing News/Articles/HowTo's, HCL, etc. Also, having this as an article rather than video is just as productive and easy to follow, videos would just be a waste of resources when you can easily follow a tutorial that is written.
Note the last link refers only to Ubuntu, ignoring the other 400+ distros.
IMHO, newbies generally start with Ubuntu, and if they have video tutorials for everything, they will not really learn anything. It will get them through a problem, entering commands and such in that make no sense to them.
I would say it would be more productive to do tutorials on more complex distros, assuming they started with Ubuntu and learned something.
Yet that too seems like giving a man a meal without teaching him how to make one.
Last edited by phantom_cyph; 07-21-2008 at 01:38 PM.
The thing about a video tutorial is that if you don't understand something (every language has it's own dialects, for example, I can easily understand a Parisian accent but may have difficulties with other areas of France. Then compare the London accent with a Liverpudlian accent) how will you search for an answer? If it's written you can copy/paste the line to a search engine and find an answer. You can also print it out and look at it - especially important for dual booters!
Also, and this is just me being cynical, I can easily see u receiving a large number of videos on doing something simple in Ubuntu. Compare a few lines on installing a program via Synaptic, with a 5 minute video of someone giving a blow by blow account of opening Synaptic, searching for a program and installing it.
While it may be more enjoyable to watch a movie than read an article, it seems to be easier and more convenient for everyone (including newbs) to simply read articles.
For GUI applications it might be slightly more convenient for newbs to watch a video. Being able to watch someone do it means they can retain the information much longer than if they read it since you would be remembering a picture --- or pictures --- instead of symbols.
But the way I see it, if articles are well written, which most are, then it will be much more convenient for someone to read an article than to watch someone type in commands.
From where I stand it seems either GUI apps have everything pretty much spelt out that you don't need to explain things or help people locate things, or for CLI apps, copy+paste becomes the viewer's friend. Hopefully that person learns a thing or two while copying and pasting. And if someone wants to argue that by putting it in a video, you slow down the person so they have to read what they are typing, that is not necessarily true. I've seen a person blindly write in commands and not think about what he was typing. I could be wrong since I don't know what's going on in their head, but it really seemed like he didn't know what the command he was issuing did.
I like the idea -- folks with learning disabilities could benefit from it. But, depending on resources, it may not be appropriate to ask LQ to host this. In addition to the arduous task of reviewing video (which would be difficult or impossible to edit, by the way), keep in mind that video files are quite large.
Dumb idea ... biggest problem being the speed with which the best demo becomes obsolete.
Of course, Since the OP is so enamored of the idea that he felt it was worth duplicate threads, he is probably busily putting such videos out on YouTube, and we will soon see them leading the hit parade of popular videos there.
Then we'll all wish that LQ had been more accepting of his keen insight.
BTW, the duplicate thread, w/ its discussion, is here.
There are at least 2 aspects of this issue: principles & practicality.
Under "principles" we can discuss learning methods, learning disabilities, the value of a multi-media approach to learning, etc.
To anyone who thinks the whole idea is dumb, I have to ask if you have ever had a classroom experience w/ a dynamic teacher, attended a lecture or other presentation, watched an educational show on TV, . . . Tell me you got nothing out of it, tell me you got nothing extra out of it because both your eyes & ears were involved. Tell me all the presentations I have given to HLUG (Houston, TX) over the past few years have been a waste of everyone's time.
I think the real problems w/ the idea are practical:
See #10, personally I prefer Richard Gere to play me in the upcoming remake of "My Favorite Flags"(tm)
Note, "My Favorite Flags"(tm) is already a regular segment of our Saturday LUG meetings.