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[SLUG] Advocacy stuff [was Red Hat Slagging]
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- Subject: [SLUG] Advocacy stuff [was Red Hat Slagging]
- From: Rodos <rodos@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu Jul 13 10:43:47 2000
Bit of a personal mind dump here, if you dont want to waste time, just
move onto the next message, nothing to see here people.
Ever notice how there are lots of different people in the world? Ever
notice that there is not just one type of car on the road? Ever notice
that some people get project homes, and others get an architecht and
Lets just face it people are different and view different things
differently. I care about computers a lot, they mean something to me. Some
of my friends don't give squat about computers, which concerns me but they
seam to function as a human being quite well despite it. I really don't
care much for mechanical things, I am more likely to purchase a new
mower/washing machine/home appliance once its natural life span IMHO has
come to an end. It drives some of my mechanical tinkering friends nuts, my
step-dad went to a lot of trouble to get a new belt for a very old and
crappy dryer that I had no afffection for. The thought of turfing this
machine simply because it needed some tender loving care drive him
nuts. "You will never be able to maintain one of those new ones" was his
argument, they are all electric and costly to fix, anything can go wrong
with this and you can get it going again. It went in one ear and out the
other, for goodness sake, its just a dryer, you just put cloths in it man!
So what about Linux, I use it because I want to, and people in like mind
to me want to. Its fun, its functional, its easier. I don't really care
what other people do or don't use. If some people want to make Linux
easier to use with better package management, great. I will probably use,
it. Thats one reason why I am going to give debian a try. If that means
that some people might use Linux that were not before, cool.
The difference is IMHO is that with closed source (lets not just single MS
out here) that freedom of choice is somewhat removed. We all have to use
Windows the same way, we all have to look the same and do things the same.
With Linux if there is enough need someone will create a
distribution/package manager/applications that meet that need. Off the top
of my head we can already see Corel or Mandrake going one way and
something like Debian or Slackware going another. The cool thing is we can
have our cake and eat it too. With Linux we can mirror society and get
some diversity back into the world. I dont want to be like everyone else
and I dont want everyone to be like me.
Um ... lots to ponder ... an argument thats not really that fruitful as
there are not winners ...
P.S. No flame wars on cars all have the same user interface, if you think
that you are missing my point.