Linked by Christian Paratschek on Thu 23rd Sep 2004 05:59 UTC
Editorial After reading Adam Scheinberg's original article "The Paradox of Choice" and Kevin Russo's response, I want to add my personal comments to this discussion. I will quote Adam and Russo several times and pick up their arguments.
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@Adam Scheinberg
by Anonymous on Thu 23rd Sep 2004 12:24 UTC

Wow. If I could give you a "+5 redundant" I'd do that in the blink of an eye. I'd give you a "+5 bigot" too.

"These Choice article series are superfluous. All three of them."

Yes, especially the flamebait you posted as an article.

"The enormous response to all three stories proved my original point 10 times over. Even the hint of removal of choice can start a near-civil war."

And rigthfully so. We have all seen what lack of choice leads to. A trabant.

"To anyone who thinks there was any "anti-choice," whatever that now watered-down crappy term means these days, read them again. There's no removal of "choice" from anything except individual distributions."

And this is redundant beyond words. Distributions already do that. Last time I tried Fedora, just for instance - no preferences involved - it pretty much set up a singel choice of every thing. It also made it very clear that they think you should use gnome and not kde. In fact it's so gnome-centric it makes you jump through hoops if you want kde.

"Linux is, despite what a bunch of people on a technology site think, VERY INTIMIDATING for new users"

Guess what? So is windows. I know, I have worked with training such people.

"because there is so much choice and very little guidance."

As I said before this is bull.

"But someone should start pushing an enterprise Linux distribution that doesn't require a user to choose a DE and an app for every purpose."

This is already beeing done by novell, redhat userlinux and more. However, this is a far cry form your initial statement "Let me state that I'm all for removal of choice from linux", Let's see. Keywords. "Removal" "choice" "linux", nope, not a word about distributions.

"Frankly -- rather, sadly -- all these articles have actually done is start flamewars that really are quite embarassing, as they appear to be based solely on the instant reactions of people who skimmed the articles and probably had their mind made up before they finished reading it."

Yeah, you could have saved us all your sorry attempt at writing an article.