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Re: [SLUG] Ease of use.
- To: Rodos <rodos@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Ease of use.
- From: Dean Hamstead <zort@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu Nov 30 14:30:13 2000
- Cc: Syndey Linux Users Group <slug@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Organization: BONG
- Reply-to: dean@xxxxxxxxxxx
Linux is made by the people for the people. Thats whats great about it,
we arent told what were gunna get, we make it ourselves. If you dont
something, the nature of linux allows you to enhance or replace.
Linux is also not an OS which is driven by profit (for the most part) as
such, people who write apps write them how they want them. Be it easy
other to use, or very technically oriented.
> 1. Any OS is hard to use when you have no skills.
> I watched a 60 year old play with their new iMac, didn't have a clue. I
> had a guess but really had no idea where or how to find anything
> myself. The experienced Mac person seamed to know where everything was
> within one or two clicks, because he had the knowledge.
> 2. Linux is for everyone.
> Linux use ranges from embeded systems, dedicated terminals, desktops
> through to servers and clusters. They are all different and don't work
> the same, my server can be totally different in setup to your net
> appliance. Thats cool.
> 3. Linux is not for everyone.
> Some people don't like Linux, they prefer to use something else. Some
> people catch public transport, some people even ride motorbikes.
> Society is diverse and therefore the software world will be diverse as
> well. "In the future lies a post-Windows world where diversity is taken
> for granted. [Joe Barr]"
> 4. Should I feel bad just because I am experianced?
> In SLUG people talk shop. When I go to a dinner party and someone
> starts talking about computers, I keep it simple and usually say as
> little as possible. When I am in the compter room I rarely hold back
> and talk deep and difficult not to concerned who gets left behind.
> Thats how people learn, some absorb, some clarify with questions, some
> ask for more info. When you stand in the computer room don't be put off
> by all the people talking. If you ask a question that is simple you
> will hopefully get a simple answer, or if someone does not recognise
> you. But _please_ don't expect everyone to stop talking just because
> you entered the room. I don't think anyone here sees people as
> inferiour, maybe some people just perceive themselves that way.
> 5. Discussion is healthy.
> Discussion of what makes something good or bad, such as Linux is great.
> Especially when something like Linux can be streatched in many ways.
> Back to my coding.
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