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Re: [opensuse] Re: Goodbye to suse and why not stay, The Linux Wall
  • From: Per Jessen <per@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2006 20:11:58 +0100
  • Message-id: <emrs5u$qj4$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Randall R Schulz wrote:

> On Tuesday 26 December 2006 09:14, jdd wrote:
>> 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, but the cockpit interface is highly standardized.

And they're only designed to do one thing - transport you and your goods
from one place to another.
A desktop computer is designed for a far more complex and varied set of
tasks. Say from helping someone write the Linux kernel to enable
someone to listen to a CD.

> And no one is required to know about how modern (or even primitive)
> automobile technologies really work. They rightly expect to buy a car,
> fuel it up, drive it around, give it periodic maintenance and
> occasional repair (it's a mechanical device, and wear and failure are
> inevitable) and that's it.
> We should subject our information technology to at least this level of
> expectation.

Yeah. And in all the specialised cases we do. The dishwasher, the car,
the HD-recorder, the TV, the timer for the Christmas light, the Sudoku
handheld game I just bought for Christmas.
But when you want a general computing device such as a desktop computer,
it's just not possible, IMHO. Well, not without driving the prices

> There certainly is an issue of expectations management, but remember,
> this all started out by me saying that I thought the software
> profession has not done a good enough job. And it hasn't.

I think that should be the software industry, not the profession.

/Per Jessen, Zürich

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