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Linux Mint on Wikipedia

Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 10:29 pm
by ozi3333
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.

Re: Linux Mint on Wikipedia

Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:01 am
by Old Marcus
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.

Re: Linux Mint on Wikipedia

Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:30 pm
by ozi3333
I think it is excellent that you wrote it, and it has very many good points. But a little effort to get some citations would make the effort complete.

Re: Linux Mint on Wikipedia

Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:34 pm
by ozi3333
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!

Here is the result of my effort:
http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Mint

Re: Linux Mint on Wikipedia

Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:55 pm
by GuiH
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?

Cheers :mrgreen:

Re: Linux Mint on Wikipedia

Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:52 am
by ozi3333
Personally I think automatic translation should be avoided, because it may result in a crappy looking article :P

If the article does not look professional enough, no one will think the distribution is any better.

Re: Linux Mint on Wikipedia

Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 12:44 pm
by afraca
I would be happy to translate the wikipedia article into dutch, but I'm not sure citations from the english article can be used for the dutch article as well?

Re: Linux Mint on Wikipedia

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 10:44 pm
by GuiH
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? :idea:

Re: Linux Mint on Wikipedia

Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:12 am
by johonunu
I made Linux Mint page on Serbian Wikipedia. It's not too big, but it's better then nothing ;)
http://sr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Mint

Re: Linux Mint on Wikipedia

Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:07 am
by mati75
This is polish Linux Mint on Wikipedia: http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Mint

Re: Linux Mint on Wikipedia

Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 2:13 pm
by ozi3333
afraca wrote:I would be happy to translate the wikipedia article into dutch, but I'm not sure citations from the english article can be used for the dutch article as well?
Yes, they can, at least that is how it is in the norwegian one.

Beatiful work everyone! I am sure they are appreciated by Mint-newbs.

Re: Linux Mint on Wikipedia

Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:04 am
by recent-convert
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?

Re: Linux Mint on Wikipedia

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:38 pm
by GuiH
Now we have more than 20 languages in wikipedia !
:mrgreen: