Originally Posted by TracyTiger
These are two different target audiences, the installer and the end user.
I know how to drive an automobile and even to maintain an automobile, but I leave it up to the factory to design and build it.
Originally Posted by Didier Spaier
I'm not sure I'd follow this analogy: installing a distribution is a lot simpler than designing and building one
As soon as I hit the "Submit Reply" button I knew my imperfect example highlighting the role of the end user of a complex device would be critiqued.
I was merely agreeing with Woodsman about computer manuals and that the
role/knowledge/training/instruction for the end user of a complex device is different from those responsible for making/keeping it working. That perhaps we should treat computers as complex systems (like an automobile) and not have the end user have to assume multiple roles regarding the device.
Like an automobile, computers hardware and software had an engineering type person design/create the device. Somewhat like an automobile the end user may need only limited training/knowledge to operate the device. (Click the word processor icon and start typing). Like an automobile, the maintenance (system administration) of a computer encompasses a wide range of topics that may be performed by the end user, or by someone with more knowledge, or by a specialized "service center".
From reading this thread I get the impression that Woodsman is not satisfied with a simple generic install of the distributions he's researched for his customers, as those distributions don't meet his/their requirements. So additional customization is needed.
So, while it may be true that only a low computer IQ (newbie) is needed to install most distributions these days, to achieve the end result that Woodsman needs requires additional work. That additional customization work necessitates a little bit higher computer IQ than required to just "install" a distribution (without too much configuration).
I chose to install Salix64 14.1 Xfce for a neighbor (on a recycled dual core system) because of Salix's ease of use, application installation and upgrades (Gslapt) and my familiarity with Slackware. However my requirements
for a running computer system for this neighbor that I would be supporting
was different than an easy generic install. It has 6GB of RAM, and a two disk root encrypted RAID system with semi-automatic data backup and a simple command to check the basic heath of the system. It's also running Windows XP in VirtualBox (networking disabled) to handle a MSWindows only application and a scanner with no Linux driver.
Originally Posted by Woodsman
changing the engine oil on most vehicles is a straightforward task yet many car owners prefer instead to have somebody else "deal with the mess."
In the same way, an end user may not want to spend their time being the system administrator even though they could eventually figure it all out. Provides a customer market for Woodsman.
I still think that when discussing a complex device (a home computer) that the automobile provides and acceptable (but not perfect) example of the end user's role. But I understand Didier's disagreement to the comparison, especially the way I worded it.
Read the above for entertainment value. Nothing to get excited about and certainly not a reason to discuss the loose comparison for the next 20 posts as we've seen before on LQ.