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Subject: [aclug-L] Re: Reactions to the following?
From: "Ryan Hunt" <ryan@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 12:10:19 -0600 (CST)
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This started a nice little discussion, to bad the same day this was announced 
AOL declined 
it ever happned..

The truth is linux can be just as easy if not easier to install now days 
than windows.. SuSE is one fine example of a near braindead install.. Its has 
less to do with 
any limitations linux has vs windows but more that retraining people a new OS 
is just not 
redeemable in most people's eyes..

Last year, both my mother and sister learned how to 
use a computer... Both of them had very little if no expierence with Microsoft 
Windows, I 
setup there machine and tought them how to use linux to surf the internet, do 
email, play 
games, and use staroffice.. Other than the fact that my mother has to consult 
me before 
purchasing anything for her computer she can do just as much in linux not 
knowing anything 
as most people do in windows (without knowing anything). With linux security I 
dont have to 
worry about my sister messing up my mom's stuff and vice versa, In fact they 
cant cause any 
harm to the system with the little permissions ive given them...

Now when I tell people 
that both my mother and sister use linux, one of the first reactions I get is 
that both of them 
must be genious geeks as well.. They proably know less than the average windows 
because they have never had to fix anything and rarely expirence crashes.. Im 
shure most of 
you have learned from your first expirecnes with linux.. Its much easier to 
learn linux 
from the start than having to relearn computing after becoming familar with 

I my self washed my hands of the evil empire almost a year ago.. With the 
exception of a couple annoying little cirmustances I have never needed the 
assistance of 
windows to perform any task I sought to perform.. After months of surfing, 
gaming, downloading, socialising, and belive it or not but WORKING in linux I 
confident that not only can I perform these tasks using linux but I can do them 
faster and 
more efficently than I ever could from Windows...

With microsoft's new found beliefs in 
security I could see the possibility of windows becoming a decent operating 
system.. That 
is if microsoft can keep the promices and prove to the world that this is just 
not another PR 
stunt.. As for AOL, they might not be a bad thing for linux, but working at a 
handfull of ISP's 
and dealing with alot of AOL's sh*t constantly I dont think I could ever speak 
nicely of AOL 
so I think it is best I dont say anything at all :)

There is my $0.02 in opinions, take em for 
what they are worth..


> My 
quick take:
> Good = possible competitor for Microsoft in the "desktop" arena
> Bad = 
every RPM puts and IM icon on your desktop
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