Help button in Fedora

John J. McDonough wb8rcr at
Wed Jul 8 11:10:51 UTC 2009

Yelp is basically a document display application.  It has the great 
advantage of being very bright about localization.  We currently display the 
release notes and "About Fedora" in yelp.

Unfortunately, yelp is a Gnome application, and the KDE crowd dislikes it. 
There is a KDE analog, but it seems to be abused rather than used.  There is 
so much junk in it that it is impossible to find anything, and what is there 
seems to be mostly useless. Much of what you describe in the Ubuntu help is 
in the Fedora User's Guide, which will probably be getting a higher profile 
now that it is up to date.

Personally, I like yelp and would like to see it used more effectively. 
But for the practical reason of trying to be desktop neutral, I would expect 
our use of yelp to decline rather than increase.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Andrew Haley" <aph at>
To: <fedora-docs-list at>
Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2009 5:41 AM
Subject: Help button in Fedora

> In Ubuntu there's a "Help" button on the top menu bar that leads to a
> nice help application, yelp.  We have that app too, but it doesn't
> seem to have the same contents, which are:
> New to Ubuntu?
> Adding and Removing Software
> Files, Folders and Documents
> Customising Your Desktop
> Internet
> Music, Videos and Photos
> Assistive Tools
> Keeping Your Computer Safe
> Printing, Faxing and Scanning
> Advanced Topics
> And under each section there's a clear explanation of what to do.
> Maybe we have something equivalent for Fedora, but I can't find it.
> Andrew.
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