Linked by Scott Cabana on Thu 2nd Dec 2004 20:18 UTC
Editorial A couple of days ago, I read an interesting article by Kevin Kostis about how complex computer systems are and how they have a long way to go. I have to partly agree with his assessment, however a lot of folks don't take the time to learn about there own investment.
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Solution is easy
by r_a_trip on Fri 3rd Dec 2004 14:27 UTC

This is an amazing thread. Every person seems to be demanding two things:

1.) My OS should not be able to get infested by malware.
2.) My OS should not break down by mere usage.

The solutions that people are constantly proposing look like the technological fix to failing technology. Bigbenaussie goes so far as to say that an OS should react like Read Only Memory, except when the user instructs it not to.

The main theme seems to be that computer errors are what makes computing difficult and that an OS should be so easy that someone that can flick a light swith should be able to use a computer without ever learning anything about it.

I think it is ludicrous to expect an inherently complex machine like a computer (it's everything you want it to be) to be (or to become) as easy as (or easier than) a VCR. There will always be people unable to program their VCR and there will be people unable to use a computer. That is the way life goes.

I think that asking for a computer as easy as a toaster, without sacrificing most of its abilities, is like asking Boeing to build a 737 that can be safely flewn by an 80 year old person without any lessons fresh off the streets.

All of the above breakdown and malware and the proposed fix posts spell out one thing. Windows is not what the average user wants.

I use my computer daily and I'm very surprised if an error message pops up, because that is a rare event. I do all my day to day tasks and software installation is point, click and download. It gets installed and is immediately available afterwards. Malware is simply rare on my OS and my OS needs my permission to let malware wreak havoc on my system files.

You might guess I'm using Linspire, but it's actually Debian based Ubuntu. No, it is not Windows and I have to resort to my Xbox to do gaming, but I have no real computing problems.

Maybe people have forgotten that it is their duty to find out what products fit their needs the best. Asking for a miracle and pray that MS will fix Windows tomorrow might be asking a little too much.

The answer is simple. Evaluate the alternatives and then settle for e.g. GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, eComStation, Mac OS X, maybe there are even better systems I have never heard off, but ditching Windows is not too hard to do.

My parents use Ubuntu too now and my support calls have dropped from two or three daily to two or three per month. Makes you think, doesn't it?