Re: I agree linux is not for avg. homeuser
From: Freeride (freeride_at_maillinux.org)
Date: Thu, 06 Nov 2003 23:39:34 -0700
Either learn to use your current new-reader and wrap your posts or get a
On Fri, 07 Nov 2003 04:09:12 +0000, krusadr wrote:
> On Thu, 6 Nov 2003 17:11:37 -0500
> "Hugo Drax" <email@example.com> wrote:
>> I really do not see what the homeuser gains from running linux VS the
>> Windows XP that ships with home pc's
>> The average home user enjoys playing games, surfing the internet and
>> writing up a memo etc..
>> There are too many cracks rightnow for Linux/kde or gnome to be
>> userfriendly. and XP desktop is much more responsive VS Gnome or KDE.
> The point you make is of great interest to me and I suspect many others.
> The answer to that will ultimately decide the future direction of
> personal computing for the next ten or twenty years. The situation is
> obviously very different today in terms of choice for the desktop OS
> than it was lets say four or five years ago when Win98 was the games OS
> and Linux was for techie hacker types. Right now for games you need
> windows and thats that. For me I have a win box for games but it has no
> data on it other than save games. All real work, email, browsing is done
> on linux/bsd boxes running open source software.
> It's not a matter of this is faster than that, or this is more
> responsive than that, its a matter of philosophy - what do you want from
> an OS? For me I want the OS to perform basic OS functions such as IO,
> disk access, file admin, user admin, networking, security etc etc. I
> don't want it to make a cup of tea, vacuum the carpet, dance a jig etc
> etc etc. And I certainly don't want it "phoning home" to big brother
> every time I hit a key. I would never now with the knowledge I have
> store a collection of my own personal data on a computer running a
> closed, binary only proprietary OS like windows. I want to know whats
> going on, and even if I don't personally examine the source code - I
> know that others do and there'd be an outcry pretty quick if anything
> funny was going on.
> Question - What info about your system does windows update report back
> to m$ ? Answer - your whole directory tree (amongst other info) which
> allows microsoft to see all the software you have installed.
> When I'm spending one of those many happy hours helping computer
> illiterate acquaintances with their win98 woes (or whatever) I gently
> point out these issues (as well as enjoy their shock at seeing ad-aware
> do it's stuff) and I always pack a knoppix cd to boot up when all is
> fixed at the end to show them that there IS and alternative.
> We are open source advocates - the truth replaces the tv campaigns, the
> political lobbying dollars, the corruption behind massive government
> contracts. You and me.
> Some might call me evangelical about open source - but think about it,
> he who controls the information controls the world. Where do you want to
> see that control in fifteen years time?