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Re: [SLE] Sometimes Linux makes me crazy.
  • From: Ken Schneider <suse-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2005 13:40:53 -0500
  • Message-id: <1109443252.2700.20.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Sat, 2005-02-26 at 13:21, Alex Daniloff wrote:
> On Saturday 26 February 2005 09:25 am, Ken Schneider wrote:
> <snipped>
> > <opinion>
> >
> > How many posts do we get on this list from new users asking for help for
> > something that is obvious to the seasoned user but -not- obvious to the
> > newbie. And many times all they are told is to google for the answer.
> > Instead show them the google link as well to get them started. Keep in
> > mind that we were -all- newbies at one point in time. Think back to what
> > you had to go through when you first started out and try to make it
> > easier for the newbie. This will help more to converting MS users to
> > linux in the long run.
> The question is why to convert MS users to Linux?

Short answer $ (cost). Not just for the OS but also for the apps.

> Most of average MS users use their boxes just as another appliance next to a
> microwave, toaster music center and such. They do very limited set of tasks -
> browsing Internet, reading / sending e-mail, writing / printing simple
> documents, listening music, sometimes watching DVDs. That is it.
> They don't do any programming and freak out from seeing a command prompt.
> Some people buying very specialized appliances like WebTv and such.
> They don't give their ignorant damns about what OS their appliance is running.
> I totally agree that for Linux users there is a great need in common system
> configuration standards and well written documentation.
> Graphic system configuration tools is a secondary issue in this respect.
> Just my humble opinion.
> Alex
Ken Schneider
UNIX since 1989, linux since 1994, SuSE since 1998

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