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I am a diehard Linux geek, as most of us are, and have been Slackware loyal since I was 13, 3 years ago, but I have one thing I must say. I have been watching for some time during my lurking and now as a member that people strive for Linux to hit the mainstream. Well, it won't. As much as I am anti-Windows, I am happy that Windows is out there. I think it offers a healthy substitute for parents and older folks that just want to write e-mails and go online. Children don't care about stability. You need to catch them young if you want to get them on Linux, or let them fulfill their curiosity. My sister is 10, and when she was 7, I built her a computer with only Mandrake on it. Now she's using Mandriva LE2005 and on her own can download compile and install programs, edit simple features, and she thinks Windows is a whole other realm. My mother is a hassle, she tried it for a few weeks and couldn't take it. I am happy Linux is not popular amongst the general population. Imagine if Fedora made a commercial. We have 20,000 new users in an hour with the same questions! Its better to keep the people blind, than confused. Windows will always be more accepted than Linux. You need to face it. No more why can't Windows be like Linux, because it is not. My girlfriend installed Slackware yesterday and asked me for a package manager. I was like, "!!!". WHY!? Why not learn the simple command so you can be diverse! People download Linux looking for Windows simplicity. Shouldn't happen.
"Kpackage" or "installpkg (file).tgz"
Why not learn some simple commands?
"Kpackage" or "rpm -Uvh (file).rpm"
I am sick of that entirely. Its time to realize that there are different operating systems out there and that they are not the same, and shouldn't be.