[clug-talk] Linux Blows...and Sucks
greg at taord.com
Thu Jul 9 15:47:11 PDT 2009
I haven't read the entire thread ... most of it though and I got to say that
I haven't been riveted to CLUG thread like this, perhaps ever.
Like most of you, I've been using Linux for a while, about 10 years, never
used Slack ... red hat, fedora, suse, ubuntu though.
I have 4 kids the youngest 4, the oldest 13 and what I've discovered is that
users do *not* use an operating system ... they use an application(s). My 4
year old can find his way through the Tree House, Nick Jr and Hasbro games
websites no problem. He has no idea that he's using an Ubuntu desktop, just
that his web browser works the way he wants it to.
I suspect most users are like him.
My 13 year old can crank out a document in Open Office or Google Docs ... no
problem, change his password, print, email, etc., he's happy he doesn't have
to contend with virus issues (etc) that his Windoze user friends have to (we
collectively make fun of them ;-) but I'm certain he never *thinks* about
the OS ... just the applications we wants to use.
Can the desktop run my application? That is the question ... and for the
most part, Linux (it's GUIs) does a pretty good job for the average (and
above average) user IMO.
Just my observation.
2009/7/9 Dafydd Crosby <dcrosby at userful.com>
> Funny, because it seems no one else got that impression.
> If you want to give constructive criticism ("The UI on the wireless
> interface should have more whitespace, it's too cluttered"), cool. By all
> means, present that. It's hard to be angry at advice.
> If you want to say "windows is teh r0x0rz", then you have merely stated
> something as vague as "Marcel Duchamp is the saviour of the art world" (and
> no one should dare go OT off of that statement :-P ).
> Juan Alberto Cirez wrote:
>> Silly me. I thought that my comments would start a sincere and honest
>> discussion on the state of GNU/Linux. Instead all I've gotten is
>> narrow-mindedness and fanaticism (i.e my d*** is bigger than yours). My bad,
>> I should have known.
>> I guess time will tell.
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