Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 13th Sep 2007 08:14 UTC, submitted by Anonymous Reader
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "My verdict: Even in the relatively slick Ubuntu variation, Linux is still too rough around the edges for the vast majority of computer users", says Mossberg. Among others, he complains about one of the things I did too when I was writing my stream of Ubuntu reviews back in Spring.
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RE: Jumping in blindfolded
by philicorda on Thu 13th Sep 2007 13:54 UTC in reply to "Jumping in blindfolded"
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"This is a "normal" user in every sense of the word - the sort that we sit here and rant about all the time. He just wants to get on with things, and has provided a list of what's important to him. That is the one serious strength that will come from big hardware manufacturers shipping a non-Windows OS - "normal" user feedback, something sorely needed to polish applications, control panels, system services and how things work. You just can't get that sort of feedback from us geeks who quite like the quirkiness of their daily OS."

That's not true. The reviewer is a geek pretending to be a normal user, in the same way any geek can:

"I evaluated it strictly from the point of view of an average user, someone who wouldn’t want to enter text commands, hunt the Web for drivers and enabling software, or learn a whole new user interface."

I.e., he is a computer journalist perfectly capable of downloading a driver or installing a codec, but pretended he was not for the sake of the article.

I'm not arguing that a whole load of polishing that would not improve Ubuntu, just that the idea that geeks don't find missing codecs or non working hardware irritating is a myth. It's resources to fix the problems that are lacking, not the desire to do so.

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