Linked by Massimo Sandal on Thu 7th Jul 2005 20:14 UTC
Linux Recently in a post on my blog I argued that, despite many claims to the contrary, GNU/Linux is almost ready for the desktop. In particular, I argued that GNU/Linux is already a very good and easy desktop if people just take the time to learn its very basic differences with Windows before actually using it. Note: Don't forget to rate this article!
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RE: @devurandom
by ma_d on Fri 8th Jul 2005 14:32 UTC in reply to "@devurandom"
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Are they interested?
Why in the world would you ever be explaining things to someone if they aren't interested? You realize that there is a large group of people interested in trying something that's:
a.) Not from Microsoft.
b.) Not from Apple.
This article started with the premise that GNU/Linux could do a good job of filling part of the firefox niche. They were interested in a different browser; they're obviously interested in new things. You act like people are trying to grab them by the collar and drag them to something else: That only happens after spending 8 hours fighting spyware removal tools because this user is talented at installing spyware.

Explaining /home?
That's so rediculously simple that any user should grow to appreciate it. Listen to my explanation:
All your files are under a single structure, /. That's like c:, except that all your drives are in there. But don't worry about where all your flash drives are yet, here's the most important thing: All of your files are under /home/user. You shouldn't ever have to look in another directory unless you explicitly saved it onto a external disk! You don't have much reason to ever leave home actually!
See? It sounds simple when you explain it as it is. The hardest thing is understanding /; and if that's too hard XandrOS gives them c's and f's ;) .

Explain package managers?
Want a program? Open this program here (syaptic, CLR, or something similar) and you can browse and try to find what you need by category. When you find it, click here and here; then wait a few minutes and look for it in your menu's!

These things should be hidden?
Pish-posh, that attitude is the reason so many users are completely dependant on an IT staff. They're told: You don't have to know anything to use your computer; we'll be your brain. Then they get home and suddenly installing software from a cd before plugging a device in is considered highly technical and complex: Even though that's what the instruction manual said; reading really pays off sometimes!
This is another nice thing to tell people who have interest in Linux actually: Linux, the software, community, and documentation (instruction manuals) isn't going to talk down to you as if it were somehow better than you. Things aren't going to be hidden from you because we assume you're too stupid: No, we know you aren't and we know you can learn something about how that box under the desk functions.

So in response. If you want a managed desktop that's smarter than you: Use Windows, and have devurandom as your admin. If you want to be treated as an equal who is given not only information but some responsibility; use Linux. I know it sounds difficult, and it is at first: Remember algebra class? Would you give up knowing algebra now?

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