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Old 12-15-2003, 09:05 PM   #31
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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.

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Old 12-15-2003, 11:09 PM   #32
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On the printing thing.....if you've tried any of the regular methods with CUPS, etc, and it didn't work, perhaps it needs to be compiled into your kernel (as a module might do fine). I forget how I got it working last time with Debian. Mandrake just 'did it' for me, and then the printer broke. Ah well, the ink was to pricy anyhow. Time for a Laser. You'll need parport and parport_pc in your kernel in order for your printer to work, even with USB, I believe. Good luck. I forget the deal, but its a pointer in the right direction. Also try


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