leaving Linux

Craig M. Reece craigthulu at earthlink.net
Tue Jan 16 10:44:04 PST 2001


Upon more reflection, I realize that we _need_ people like these to wash our 
cars, etc. A perfect example of what DNRC is all about 8-].

On Tuesday, January 16, 2001 01:37 pm, Richard Bennett spoke thusly:
> I think it is due to people such as mr Hua that linux isnt doing as well on
> the home computers as perhaps it should. The operation of linux requires
> one more feature than any microsoft product ever would - a brain(tm).
> What you have to remember is, about half of the worlds population (3rd
> world populations excluded) cannot even send an email - the task is too
> complex for them to even consider. Dont ask me why... we all know it's just
> a little bit of ASCII text perhaps containing perhaps a few MIME encoded
> files for good measure, send via an ISP to our SMTP hosts whereupon they
> are routed to the appropriate POP3/IMAP mailboxes where they can simply be
> picked up by connecting again through the isp... etc.
> *now* i ask. with all those little shortenings which *we* all understand
> (if you dont - read L-NAG, that book is really cool) a very large number of
> people dont.
> By and large, there is a very small percentage of the population that
> really know enough to build an LFS even with the instructions given... i
> had one chap (no names given here) who despite the fact he had the book in
> front of him continued to ask me repeatedly about which package to install
> first... which versions he should get and "what do i do to compile again?"
> For christs sake... extreme example of RTFM!!!!!
> back to my original point though... with us, the chosen few, things such as
> linux may seem pretty logical, but to the greater percentage of the
> population computers are the most illogical things ever created - hence in
> comes microsoft with a piece of software to match. Completely illogical
> (example i saw made somewhere before... who the hell would think of
> clicking on a button labelled "start" if you want to turn the machine
> *off*???) Therefore you can see why such problems arise when people who
> have been using such a piece of software switch to Linux.
> and personally mr Hua, i think it's utter rubbish that you've had three
> years "experience" with linux. sounds to me to be more like three weeks...
>
> There are two types of people.
> The first takes one look at Linux and says "Hey thats cool..." and looks
> some more.
> The second (i've seen this first hand) will take one look at linux, and
> criticise its immediate lack of a GUI. (a certain friend of mine refuses to
> use a piece of software if it doesnt have mouse support.)
>
> </RANT>
>
>  -- MC
>
> On Tuesday 16 January 2001  5:41 pm, you wrote:
> > Dude, I answered your patch question--your problem was not Linux, your
> > problem was leaving out a "<".  I see this too often--people blaming
> > Linux because they can't follow simple f*@#ing instructions.
> >
> > Tan Siong Hua wrote:
> > > Finally leaving Linux world after nearly 3 years of Linux experience,
> > > my conclusion on Linux is "Just asking for trouble", Linux is in no way
> > > comparable to Windows.
> > >
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