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Re: [SLE] SuSE opens Linux desktop for Windows
  • From: Ben Rosenberg <ben@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2002 00:46:53 -0800
  • Message-id: <20021102084653.GB34@xxxxxxxxx>
* Curtis Rey (crrey@xxxxxxxxxxx) [021102 00:10]:

->I couldn't agree more. If converting M$ drones is going to happen then
->the "I really don't care as long as it works" is going to be the
->attitude of Joe and Jane Average. They lead fairly busy lives and
->really don't want to have to tinker with things like a PC --they just
->want them to work-- and that's their bottom line.

Well. Windows doesn't "just work" in a lot of cases it's a lot of work.
To keep running...depending on what you do with it.

->Look at things from Joe and Jane Averages point of view. I don't have
->to program my TV, I just turn it on, and as for my VCR... well my
->brother set that up and now it works fine. As far as my cable box from
->my cable tv subscription, well the guy that installed it said to turn on
->the TV and the Box on and it would take about 1/2 hour for all the stuff
->to link up with the cable company and then I would be able to watch my
->new cable TV and if it didn't to call the support and have them fix it.


This argument doesn't wash. When TV's can play MP3's, browse the web,
let them do their taxes.etc..etc..all from the same "unmodified"
singular device then it would hold water. As it stands a PC is capable
of 1000's of tasks. TV's, VCR's and the other things mentioned are
singular, specialized devices that are task specific. Of course they
don't have to configure their T.V..and as far as the cable box is
concerned that's all remote control. And I guess since the slapping of
MS's wrist...PC's will be come remote controlled devices as well.


->Linux has the talent in the programmers and the ability to do
->essentially anything anyone else is doing, that goes for the GUI,
->hardware, an Office Suite, etc... It's just a matter of will and focus.
->Most people don't want to think about how things work, they just want
->them to work.... after all, why should they? It's their money and
->they'll spend it on "what ever works".


Yes, there are a lot of talented people out there..trying to figure out
how to make something complex smart enough for people who don't actually
care about what their using enough to learn about what their using.
Maybe McNealy is right. There should be dumb terms installed in each
house connected to some big brotherish mainframe that people who have
1/2 a thought in their heads control. Then again maybe not ..who knows.

I do know this. A computer isn't' comparable to any other household
item...not TV's..not VCR's. It's a complex system that was sold to the
general consumer as a dumb device. I don't care what system you
use..Mac, Windows or Linux. It takes some brain cells to use
correctly...otherwise they should get Web-TV and be done with it.

*grumble* /end rant.

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Ben Rosenberg ---===---===---===--- mailto:ben@xxxxxxxxx
Tell me what you believe..
I tell you what you should see.

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