Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Aug 2012 20:46 UTC
Linux "For years now, Linux has been a black sheep standing in the shadow of Apple and Microsoft. Despite having a fervent and enthusiastic following, the operating system hasn't been able to grab a sizable share of the computing market and has instead been content to subsist on the customers that come away dissatisfied with the mainstream competition. But that may be about to change. With the release of Microsoft Windows 8 on the horizon, some are saying Linux may have a great opportunity to steal a significant share of the market away from Microsoft, allowing it to finally take the helm as a major operating system service provider." This has to stop, and the only reason I'm linking to this nonsense is to make this very clear: Linux will not magically conquer the desktop or even make any significant gains because of Windows 8. People who don't like Windows 8 (Vista) will continue to use Windows 7 (Windows XP). This is getting so tiring. And does it even matter? Linux is winning big time in the mobile space, server space, and countless other spaces. The desktop is and always has been irrelevant to Linux.
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Are there going to be classes on:

1. How to fix broken updates

2. How to install from a ppa just to get the latest version of a browser or word processor

3. How to see if a sound card is working by using the command line (this is actually what Ubuntu expects users to do)

There is practically no need for classes. If a power user willingly makes the switch, s/he will find out how to do all that stuff on their own. That is why we call them power users.

When it is the casual user who is being switched, there is no need to. People who are afraid of mucking things up, don't go on an updating rampage. They leave the updating to their trusted resident geek. So there will not be any clammoring for PPA's, or teeth gnashing over updates or mucking with sound cards. This is left to their friendly Linux geek.

But let's keep trotting out the arguments about the mythical average user. It is a delightful creature. It has all the wants and needs of a power user, yet strangely lacks any computing prowess whatsoever.

P.S. pavucontrol is a nice graphical tool to manage your sound in- and output.

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