Linked by Mike Martin on Mon 14th Jul 2003 17:42 UTC
Linux After reading yet another "why Linux is not ready for the desktop" article/discussion, I decided that, as someone who uses Linux exclusively at home, its about time I wrote my response to the attitudes expressed. I have been using Linux since January 1999 (Red Hat 5.2 off of a cover disc).
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by bogey on Mon 14th Jul 2003 18:18 UTC

eliminate the dependence on your own knowledge in your evaluation of Linux

Is that fair though? When people say something is as "easy as windows", you have to think about that. Is windows easy for someone who has never used it? Would a 'grandma user' be able to take a PC, and XP install disk, and get from A to B? I doubt it. Imagine that kind of user setting up dialup software, or configuring a computer for a static IP. Imagine them handling a dll error.

I'm not even that sure that windows would be _that_ easy for a mac user that had never used windows. The first registry conflict they had could send them up a creek.

I fixed a lot of computers for windows users that had no idea what a computer could do for them.

That's what I don't get. People always ask when GNU/Linux will be ready for the lowest common user. The dumbass, if you will. I think it is. For a user who can't fix his/her own problems, and won't install software. For a user who just wants to surf and write a paper. Maybe listen to some mp3's. If someone else does the installs and config (remember, somebody else usually does there windows boxes), they are up and running.