Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Oct 2005 10:56 UTC
Linspire Intentionally or not, Linspire may be trying to become the "Education Linux" distribution. The desktop Linux software maker, formerly known as Lindows, Thursday launched a new, low-cost licensing program for schools who wish to install a Linux desktop operating system as an alternative to the more expensive Microsoft Windows operating system.
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RE[2]: sorry...
by Pelly on Fri 14th Oct 2005 19:27 UTC
Pelly
Member since:
2005-07-07

The other thing they hate about Linspire, and this one I agree with, is the dumbing down of users Linspire does. Its users are often whiners like children who don't want to learn HOW to solve a problem but just want the answer to the problem - its incredibly annoying.

I believe that's an unfair statement. Rememebr that Linspire, even when they were Lindows, Inc., has always targetted the new Linux users.

People new to any process, or different way of doing things, can always be perceived as being, 'whiney.' This is true during the 'exposure' and learning curve.

The target market that Linspire aims towards are the people who want a low-cost alternative to Microsoft Windows and who just want to use their systems.

Just because you can drive an auto doesn't mean you have to know how everything works. All the driver needs a is basic skillset to operate the vehicle.

Experience fine tunes the basic knowledge which comes from practice.

No, I'm not a Linspire zealot but let's not be mean just because the article is about them.

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RE[3]: sorry...
by Robocoastie on Sat 15th Oct 2005 09:19 in reply to "RE[2]: sorry..."
Robocoastie Member since:
2005-09-15

>>Just because you can drive an auto doesn't mean you have to know how everything works. All the driver needs a is basic skillset to operate the vehicle.

You misunderstand me Pelly. First of all I was explaining one reason WHY people knee jerk about Linspire. Like it or not this is an undeniable reason. Secondly, I use Linspire on not one, not two, but three computers in my home one of which even does the file and print server work. Third I spend a lot of time on the Linspire forums and it gets to be a pain in the A$$ because the vast majority of them don't want to learn. - And that's selfish and against the entire open source nature of Linux.

And yes you SHOULD know how your vehicle operates.

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RE[4]: sorry...
by abdavidson on Sun 16th Oct 2005 00:21 in reply to "RE[3]: sorry..."
abdavidson Member since:
2005-07-06

"I spend a lot of time on the Linspire forums and it gets to be a pain in the A$$ because the vast majority of them don't want to learn. - And that's selfish and against the entire open source nature of Linux."

What a load of rubbish! For everyone except geeks, using computers is task-oriented.

I want to send an email.
I want to browse the web.
I want to play a game.


It isn't nor should it have to be about "I want to send an email therefore I must understand the underlying processes and show an interest in them lest I offend the geeks". That's just a ludicrous idea and totally forgetting what software is about. (hint: it's about the user)

"And yes you SHOULD know how your vehicle operates."

Why? I drive the car. I put petrol in. When the car breaks down; I get a mechanic. It's a perfect synergy. Sure I could take the time to figure it out but my time is more important than that.

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