I was on IRC today when a user asked for help with a webcam problem. He had to compile the source code of his webcam drivers and when he tried he got the following error message:
I posted a link because it's quite a long one. Now imagine you get a long error message that shows a bunch of numbers, your going to be pretty put off. It's a simple compilation error. All the person wants to do is install there webcam but because the driver installation isn't "user friendly" he's unable to without a fair bit of trouble.
My Idea? I know we have Getdeb.com which offers pre-compiled software for Ubuntu in the form of .deb files, but what if we had a similar site or section on getdeb.com which offered precompiled drivers for things like webcams, printers, etc? It would make life and Ubuntu much more enjoyable. There wouldn't be countless hours spent trying to get something as trivial as a webcam working.
Honestly, how many new Ubuntu users know how to compile a driver from source? Not many I bet. Imagine a user that didn't know how to use IRC or forums? That would be an even bigger problem for someone that was use to installing drivers through a simple installation wizard.
Anyhow that's my idea and this is my first step towards getting it implemented. I'm very willing to help get this started. If your interested let me know.