Re: Linux is hard ?
- From: "Grinner" <grinner@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 16:55:18 +1000
"Handover Phist" <jason@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
mark south :
On Tue, 16 May 2006 15:49:48 GMT
Handover Phist <jason@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Have I gotten too used to Linux ??? or are there just that
many Trolls just phishing to see what bites ???
I think a combination of trolls and people who really should
have someone else do the software/OS installations for them. I
find Slackware installations (plus installing all the software
I want) dirt simple, but that sort of thing isn't for everyone.
Yeah, but it's not like you need to install Slackware to install
Linux. There are a lot of simple installs. And Linux gives you
the option to avoid installing anyway.
For example, download the latest Puppy (109CE), takes 20
minutes. Burn CD-RW. 5 mins more. Boot. Answer a few
questions. 2 mins. I did that last night and it took 10 minutes
from completion of downoad to me looking at a 1280x1024x24@85Hz
display with Firefox and Gaim and stuff available at a single
click on the desktop. All this on a machine from 1998 with 256
Mb and no hard drive required.
Let's see Windows do anything to touch that for simple.
I think you missed the gist of my post. Installing any software, much
less than an OS, is terrifying for some people. LOTS of people. Sure
Puppy Linux (not to mention dozens of other distros) are really, really
simple to install. But if you build a better mousetrap nature will build
a better mouse.
I know of plenty of people (some more intelligent than I) that simply
wont install Linux because of the learning curve. They know Windows so
why use something else? Heck, I know people who wont even try Firefox
because they know Explorer and fear the learning curve! You and I both
know it can be easy, but a stunning portion of the population doesn't,
and they dont want to.
Or more probably they are very aware of the motto, "if it's ain't broke
don't fix it", and don't want to go anywhere near poking sticks at a sedate
beast. Computing is a big learning curve for most people especially anyone
over say 45 who did not get hip to the information age.
 - Corollary: Build an idiot proof system, nature will build a better
Power corrupts. And atomic power corrupts atomically.
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