Originally posted by azzman
LINDOWS.COM check that out its scary how easy it is for normal users.
Thanks, but no thanks. I'll stick with a real *nix - Slack, actually! It's not that *nix is so hard to learn, just that most of the documentation is so esoteric. (I know you're probably directing that comment to the original poster, but I just had to reply. Hope you don't mind. By the way, why don't you use Lindows?)
As for "your Mom," or anyone else using *nix, if you set the system up for them, and have a good desktop environment, they can use it easily if they're open-minded enough to learn some new terms. I've installed Knoppix on my wife and daughter's comp, just to give them something to use until I have the time to install and setup Slack. They use it without any problems. When my wife's friend sent her a wassil recipe as a Word document, she just clicked on it and Open Office opened it right up.
It's just how the computer is setup. With a Windoze OS, someone has to set it up for you to use. If they do a bad job, you'll have a bad experience. If they do a good job, you'll be pleased and think it's the greatest thing since sliced bread.
My main disagreement with Windoze is not that it doesn't work well - my W2K system beats the snot out of my Slack system in almost every way right now. I've never had a hang, bsod, or other problem in it. However, I object to Micro$loth's business policies, EULA, current, and future direction. I don't want to be associated with them anymore. So, I'm still learning about *nix, and Slack, and one day it will work better than my W2K system. At that time I'll format c:/q Billy's OS right out of my box!!
Yesterday I got Wine installed (even though the documentation was incorrect in places), and then installed PageMaker and then got my fonts in there. So now, since I use PageMaker a lot, I can do that work in Slack! Can't print from it yet, but that will come, too.