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Re: [SLE] Sometimes Linux makes me crazy.
  • From: Chris Carlen <crcarle@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2005 07:29:24 -0800
  • Message-id: <42248A54.5080801@xxxxxxxxxx>
Kevanf1 wrote:
On Tue, 1 Mar 2005 10:14:00 +0100, Hartmut Meyer <hartmut.meyer@xxxxxx> wrote:

On Monday 28 February 2005 20:02, AndyYankovich wrote:

I know I used to spend hours on the phone waiting to talk to a Microsoft
tech support *live* human being. But it was worth it because I got
specific answers to my specific question. I was willing to spend money
to get the answers because I wanted to "use a computer". Simple reason,
but one that was totally achievable with Windows and *live* tech
support. IMHO only, THIS is where Linux needs to change.
You can have that with SUSE Linux as well:

That's a paid serviec for matters beyond the linited scope of the "free"
installation support.

And you wouldn't even have to wait hours on the line before you can talk to

Greetings from Stuhr

I think the big problem is that some people come to Linux expecting
the same as they did from Window$. I first sat at a PC back in 1992. I was truly scared witless that if I touched the wrong button it would
blow up. After a few years I was flying around the thing. I was
upgrading, adding both software and hardware and much more tinkering. I feel that people have to accept that Linux is different and they
have the learning curve again. It will come and it can be both
frustrating and incredibly interesting at the same time. The best
thing is that 99.9% of the time Linux will not let you do something
the wrong way, the insecure way as Window$ inevitably will. This is
why Linux is more secure and more stable.

I beg to differ. Linux will let you do anything you want, secure or insecure. Right way or wrong way. It's your choice. That's the point. That's also the reason that folks with little technical understanding of computer and OS architecture are potentially able to get into even more trouble with Linux. Or just not be able to use it at all.

Change your global umask to 000 and see how secure your system is. Will Linux stop you?

How many "ordinary" people would have any idea whether their box connected directly to the internet is properly firewalled or not?

Let's see how many folks even on this list can get fonts to display right on Suse Linux. Most probably don't even know they aren't displaying right when they say "looks Ok to me." Turn of AA and use a flat panel display, and you'll realize that something isn't quite right.

Good day!

Christopher R. Carlen
Principal Laser/Optical Technologist
Sandia National Laboratories CA USA

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