The first thing I did when I first heard about Linux Mint was to head over to Wikipedia and type in "Linux Mint". I am sure this goes for many PC-users out there, and I therefore think it is important to make this first impression as good as it could be.
The Wikipedia article looks very nice and appears tidy. But I think the first impression should be a little better. For example make a section for each release where there is talked about what was new and special for this release etc.
In the "Critical Reception"-column the lack of citations makes the article look very local and unprofessional, this should be fixed.
There are far to few languages the page has been translated into, translate it into your language!
To be honest I think there are more people who first read about Linux Mint in Wikipedia, than in LMs very own website. Therefore I think there should be used more time and energy to make it as good as possible.
Just my suggestion, I am not very good in Wikipedia-writing myself, so I hope some of you would help, and excuse my english.
I will admit I wrote the critical reception part. I have included as many citations as I felt was needed. The thing is, when I wrote it, there weren't many LM reviews, and I had to make do with the links I had. I felt it was pointless to reference the same links over and over again.
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Now I have spent some hours creating my first Wikipedia-article ever. I created the Linux Mint-article for the norwegian Wikipedia. And I think it became nice and tidy. Actually it was pretty easy as soon as I got the hang of it.
It was not harder than to copy/translate from the norwegian article for Ubuntu and the english one for Linux Mint. I encourage everybody to create an article in your language!
Ok, until a week my work will be done, just expand on the original Portuguese language. I think that is important to keep all article citations as impersonal mode. What u think to use an automatic translation, with many linguistic adaptations?
Well, I done the enhancement on the Wikipedia Portuguese! I quickly made google translate, and rearranged the translated words. And, I want to use the position on distrowatch in all wikipedia pages about Linux Mint (Linux Mint -> 4th); how to do it?
I have some suggestions to make it more friendly and informative to new/potential users. If other people agree I'd like to go ahead and make these changes:
* Move 'Branches' and maybe 'Editions' further down the page, and move 'Mint tools' and 'Comparison with Ubuntu' up, as I think that will better reflect what a potential user is curious about. * Remove the third bullet point (about mint4win) and instead do a brief dedicated 'Installation' section. * It seems like the 'Critical Reception' section has been removed. But there are now plenty of good and balanced reviews of Helena, so maybe it could be replaced?