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Re: [opensuse] Re: Goodbye to suse and why not stay, The Linux Wall
  • From: jdd <jdd@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2006 18:14:09 +0100
  • Message-id: <45915861.9070903@xxxxxxxxx>
Randall R Schulz a écrit :

Once you buy software, you should not be expected to also buy training in the use of that software.

when you buy a car, you may have a licence, and this mean you may have learned to drive it

computers are particular things, because they can do simple things AND difficult things.

say you buy a smart little laptop to be able to surf the net and listen some mp3's.

any pre-installed computer, either OS, can do this. most windows users never do other thing

now imagine a friend say "why don't you use Linux! you could host your own server, mail agent, edit photos for free...". But did he say: "you have to learn how to do this".

in the usual life, free things are easy to manage, so a people paying a lot of bucks for photoshop can accept learning it, but people don't paying anithing for GIMP want to use it at once...

Basically, inscrutable software and hardware does not call for a coaching service for end users, it calls for redesign of the products to make them more usable.

not true. redesign is often a good idea and make life easier, but learning how things show work is invaluable. msword is a not so bad product, but the way most users use it is a nightmare :-( same for OOO.

my idea is:

* anybody can use a computer, these beasts are NOT only for geeks
* this need some perspiration...

as anything in life :-)

jdd

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