[Nottingham] Response on awareness day

Matthew Walster matthew at walster.org
Thu Nov 3 16:21:51 GMT 2005

On Thursday 03 November 2005 11:57, Steve Dickman wrote:
> - it needs to be user friendly (from a Windoze user perspective - sorry)
> - it needs better configuration tools (although I can use vi and edit
> rc scripts - sad but true) I don't want users doing it.
> - it needs mainstream support (that is perceived to be cheaper) and I
> understand the arguments about Windoze techies being rubbish etc it's
> a perception thing. Also I find it difficult to see customers posting
> to LUG forums for answers to mission critical issues.
> - we have to emulate existing applications - not replace them, again
> sorry but I have found no-one able or willing to assess 20 opensource
> packages in order to change from Sage or Quickbooks.

So, what we need to do is collar someone who uses Windows, has no interest in 
computer (and especially Linux) and sit them down in front of (say,) an 
Ubuntu box, and make a list of the questions they ask - like "how do I open 

You wouldn't believe the startling information you get from that situation. 
Relatives are prime opportunity for this.

Matthew Walster
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