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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RE: @Darius
by drynwhyl on Fri 24th Sep 2004 10:34 UTC

>> Too bad for whom? For the people whose needs exactly this special distribution fits the best?

> Too bad for people trying to figure out which distro to use. It would be a lot easier if there were maybe 7 or 8 to choose from instead of like 80.

People currently using windows and trying to figure out which one to use should stick with mainstream distros, or distros their acquaintances or colleagues use. Wheres the problem with that? How are they supposed to even get to know that Linux exists, when not reading about it, or see it run somwhere? Whoever they ask, what to check out as a new user, they are most probbably going to hear either Mandrake or Suse. Somebody who is interested and knowlegeable enough to wipe out a partition on their windows box, and to install a completely new operating system will most certainly know more about linux than that it has a cute mascot, dont you agree with me here?

On the other side, how would you expect a Windows user to ever switch to a Mac, if he has not only never used it, but has to pay a whola lot of cash to even try it out? Why would someone actually do that, if he had never seen a Mac? Somebody doing that would think about the "switch" for a little while, and have gathered some information together about what is to expect from the new system? So why does that not apply to GNU/Linux distros? Why do in your opinion dozens of geeky distros like Crux or Arch or Debian have to be wiped from earths surface just to not confuse Joe Users Granny in the first five minutes when she decides to try out this "Linux thingy" on a lazy sunday afternoon?

Do you really think somebody would download isos of the net, burn them, repartition their disk, and try to install a new operating system _without_ ever having read about whats he installing, what it is good for, who it is suited for, whats he gonna do with it, and anything like that? Jesus, then he/she could even be even more confused and trying to install FreeBSD or freeware Solaris, and wouldnt even know what it is!