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Old 11-06-2003, 09:23 AM   #1
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Linux -IS- ready for the desktop.


I know of several people that would be fine with a linux desktop that was set up for them in a decent manner to fulfil -THEIR- needs.

Not ever linux user is a 16 yr. old kid that wants to play every game imaginable.

I can't tell you how many times my mother in law has called me to say:

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I can't get the computer to do anything; no matter what I do or what I click on it won't budge. I can't even get it to shut off.
Set her up with Kmail and Konquerer and she'll be purring.

If one ever remembers the day when you would turn on a computer to see a black screen and a MSDOS 3.2 prompt, then it will get a lot clearer.


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Old 11-06-2003, 09:30 AM   #2
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Ya I remember MSDOS 3.0 it was my first operating system
them it was MSDO 4.0,IBMDOS 3.0?, MSDOS 5.6, Windows 3.11, Windows 95,98,
Mandrake(ugh),Red Hat(ugh),Windows 98,WindowsXP,Slackware 8.0 - 9.0

So far Slackware is my favorite I rarely spend time in X windows
I'm learning svga-lib and am developing linux games.
 
Old 11-06-2003, 10:50 AM   #3
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DOS 3.3 was my first OS. I'm not following the comparison to the Linux desktop, though. (?)

Still, you may be right in a sense. If a Linux was preinstalled, there's no setup troubles. And most people don't seem to tweak stuff (thus don't break stuff) or really try to discover the capabilities of the machine (so don't find the stuff to tweak or the little things that don't work quite right) and, if they can't do something, seem to accept that that's Just the Way It Is. So, for them, sure, it would work.

Installation can be tricky. Getting all your parts working can be a pain. I expect my machine to do *anything* I want it to. I'm constantly tweaking stuff, breaking stuff, or finding odd things that are already broken. Fixing them, without fairly extensive knowledge, is close to impossible and even with the knowledge, it can sometimes be a pain.

Linux is in a weird place - desktop drones and hackers should both be happy. But people in between the two skill sets have a harder time than either.
 
Old 11-07-2003, 01:15 PM   #4
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Boy don't I feel old, my first computer was a Tandy TRS-80, then on to the wonderful world of Microsoft.
When I first saw Linux, sans x, I thought it was backwards. But now I see that Windows is backwards.
Good links Nu-Bee.
 
Old 11-07-2003, 01:29 PM   #5
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Well, my first computer was a Vic20, but I don't count that. I was/am late getting to computers in any meaningful sense. Don't feel old - there's a lot of folks here whose first system could have been Eniac.

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Old 11-07-2003, 02:16 PM   #6
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I agree - Linux is an effective Desktop OS for a large number of people, including my parents. They are fairly mature, my dad is actually 74. I made up a SuSE 8.2-based setup with internet access, all apps configured, and the secret weapon - they don't know the root password...... So far - the only problem was when they let my nephew loose on it. "He's really good on computers" - was their famous quote - he can click a mouse in Windows. He managed to delete their desktop icons and had no idea how to repair the damage. i popped over to sort it out, and they're fine again.
 
Old 11-07-2003, 06:20 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally posted by jonabyte
Boy don't I feel old, my first computer was a Tandy TRS-80, then on to the wonderful world of Microsoft.
When I first saw Linux, sans x, I thought it was backwards. But now I see that Windows is backwards.
Good links Nu-Bee.
Lol. My first comp was a trash 80 as well. You were already involved in the ww of M$. BASIC was a M$ os. I got a Tandy 1000 after that which ran some flavor of DOS (don't remember which). I took a break from computers then until around Win 2000. Then on to XP, then Linux. Started with Mandrake 8.2, on to 9 & 9.1. I still wasn't really sold on Linux till I tried Slackware 9. Now I am a 100% linux user and proud of it.

This weekend I will be helping my younger brother long distance over the phone install Slackware. This will be his first linux. He's pretty computer savvy, so I'm hoping that he digs it as much as I do. I know he's fed up with M$ anyway....
 
Old 11-07-2003, 06:28 PM   #8
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YAHH!!! ANOTHER SLACKER YEHAAA!!!!


Sorry about that but I'm glad there's another person going with slackware
I am totally f***** p***** of with Microsoft and the moment I don't need it (which should be soon) WindowsXP is gone.

SlackWare is all I need( until I make my operating system )

Cheers ...
 
  


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