[Nottingham] My fedora 9 experience (vent/rant included)
david at familyaldred.org.uk
Thu Jul 10 19:26:06 BST 2008
On Thursday 10 July 2008, john doe wrote:
> > Sure but thats why people hate Linux cos its too hard.
> GNU/Linux is not hard, it's just different. They hate it because they're
> too damn lazy to use their brain.
Well, and because they don't expect to have to use their brains, or not in the
same way. People don't expect to have to understand how a brking circuit
works on a car; that doesn't make them lazy - it's just that the ease of use
of cars has moved on from the days when it was a real advantage to have that
sort of knowledge.
> > We know how to do
> > it cos we've been using Linux for a while. HOW is a newbie going to
> > cope. Easy, they'll install Windows!
> Any newbie that seriously wants to try GNU/Linux will not be deterred by
> the failings of one
One would hope not, but if they were really just too lazy, they wouldn't
bother to try another distro either! Perhaps all distros should come with
the suggestion that if this one doesn't suit, try another.
My last Sidux installation took 12 minutes to deliver a fully working system
with all hardware configured correctly - except the printer (which I should
have known to switch on before starting), and that took another ten minutes
or so using a GUI tool. Why use Windows after something like that?
However, I'm not sure I'd recommend it for newbies (it is, after all, Debian
Sid underneath, and may occasionally break toys!); as several others have
said, I'd start a newbie on [K]ubuntu.
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