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Linux is not yet a fully ready drop-in replacement for Windows or Mac for most users. But for the things I use a computer for, it has in fact completely replaced Windows. Gaming? Pft. That's what my Playstation is for!

This li'l blog is intended to be just an expression of gratitude to the wonderful "geeks" who have made Linux easy enough for even simple kids like me to use. And to encourage other simple kids like me to try Linux too.

And perhaps along the way, to put some of the "geeky stuff" I've learned from just ordinary use, into words that other non-geeks can understand.

-Robin
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Shooting Themselves in the Foot?

Posted 09-08-2010 at 06:31 AM by dixiedancer (A Simple Kid's Opinion)

The latest versions of Ubuntu and Fedora seem to work alot better on newer machines than older ones like mine. In many ways that's good, but I wonder if Canonical and Red hat aren't shooting themselves in the foot somewhat. Here's why:

Ubuntu and Fedora are intended to be "newbie friendly," an ideal choice for those just starting out in Linux. But one of the main reasons people look for an alternative OS is because they can't afford a Mac, and the newer versions of Windows...
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Newbies As Guinea Pigs?

Posted 02-10-2010 at 05:58 AM by dixiedancer (A Simple Kid's Opinion)

There is no excuse, in my opinion, for putting unstable, experimental beta software as a default in a ready release of a Linux distro that claims to be "beginner-friendly," as Ubuntu has done with Karmic Koala! Both Grub-2 and PulseAudio are still Beta, still unstable. Yet tried-and-proven ALSA is set aside in favor of PulseAudio. At least in Ubuntu and Kubuntu. Thankfully Xubuntu did not simply copy it's older siblings. Karmic Xubuntu has been trouble free because the smart devs on that...
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Victims of Their Own Success?

Posted 02-08-2010 at 06:32 PM by dixiedancer (A Simple Kid's Opinion)

I have a new saying...

I prefer to run applications rather than operating systems.
There are so many wonderful super-geeks who have worked very long and very hard to produce a desktop Linux that is simple enough for even a non-geeky kid like me to use. But not uncommonly, I hear them complaining that too many Linux users rely on the graphical interface and don't bother to learn the command line. It's kind of ironic, dontchya think? You wanted to make Linux easy enough for the non-geeky...
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