The official Getting Started guide shows how to install Clojure and its dependencies for macOS, Linux, and Windows, using command-line tools.
Those procedures work well for experienced programmers who are comfortable figuring things out. However, when it comes to lowering the barrier to entry for beginners, this is less than ideal and leads to a poor first impression.
I use the guide mentioned above in my "Getting Started with Clojure" workshops, geared towards beginners with little to no prior experience with Clojure or programming in general. And I see first-hand how people struggle to get Clojure installed and working correctly on their system, especially Windows users.
Allowing users to install Clojure and all dependencies in a single step would make it easier for people to install Clojure and dramatically improve the user experience for newbies, which is essential for increased exposure and adoption.
To that end, I want to propose official "download and double-click installers" for all operating systems. For inspiration, check out the installers offered by other languages like Python or Go. "Just download this installer and run it. That's it."
Also, Scala has an excellent landing page with two options to guide beginners and advanced users to different installation guides. Beginners are encouraged to try Scala in the browser without installing anything on their computer. For Clojure, we could guide beginners to something like Calva or Maria.
In summary: We could draw inspiration from other programming language ecosystems to create a smoother installation experience for beginners. After discovery, the newbie experience begins with the installation process.
Note that there is a relevant discussion ongoing in the Clojurians Slack.