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Re: [opensuse] Re: Goodbye to suse and why not stay, The Linux Wall
  • From: Simon Roberts <thorpflyer@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2006 10:39:26 -0800 (PST)
  • Message-id: <20061226183926.83623.qmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
----- Original Message ----
> > Randall R Schulz a écrit :
> > > Once you buy software, you should not be expected to also buy
> > > training in the use of that software.

You can't expect to buy the software and the training at the price of the software alone. Particularly if the software is free! You don't expect free training on how to cook if you buy an oven, nor free training to be a photographer if you buy a camera. Why would anyone think that an expensive training package should be given to them when they buy a cheap product?

> > when you buy a car, you may have a licence, and this mean
> > you may have learned to drive it
>
> Of course. But once you've learned to drive, the knowledge you have is
> pretty much equally applicable to all cars out there. They're very
> complicated devices,

You're kidding right? The user interface of a car, in terms of the functions it provides, is trivial. Go faster, go slower, turn left, turn right. That's about it for the important things. The other stuff varies far more, and when renting you might find that you never work out where the overdrive is, you just manage without. By contrast, a computer, or even just the most simple piece of application software is far more complex.

Furthermore, you might be interested to know that aircraft do _not_ have an equivalent degree of standardization. To the point that the FAA will require additional training and type ratings for many/most of the larger and more complex aircraft.

> We should subject our information technology to at least this level of
> expectation.

I think it's right to push for, but it's utterly unrealistic to be surprised when those expectations aren't met. If you think otherwise, I suggest _you_ go write some perfect software and find out for yourself! This is one of the reasons I despise m$, of course. Given the amount the charge and the number of people giving them money, they should be able to do _much_ better. But they're a marketing company, not a technology company, so I can't be surprised really. I just choose to use open-source software and know that I got much more than I paid for (I paid nothing, or close to it, but got some stunningly high calibre software despite that. That's a reason for celebration, not complaint, in my book).






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