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Subject: [aclug-L] Re: Reactions to the following?
From: Anne McCadden <amccadden@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 18:50:34 -0600
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I like the installs of Red Hat 7.2, it found all of my devices without
any problems.  It was very easy and I could select what programs that I
wanted and I chose A LOT more than I should have.  The bad thing is that
I tried to install programs after the install, like Xscrabble and it
won't work.  I have tried for about 2 weeks to get Grip to work and it
won't work.  So for me...if I don't install the program with the initial
install, I'm SOL.  That is very disappointing to me, but linux is still
my favorite OS.  I'm not ready to help customers when they have problems
yet.  I have a lot more to learn and I read about linux and C as much as
I have time to.  Anne

"gLaNDix (Jesse Kaufman)" wrote:
> On Tue, 22 Jan 2002, John Alexander wrote:
> > No need to, it runs fine for me under WINE. My honest impression and gut
> > feeling is that Linux won't take off for the average joe/joan until the
> > install matches Windows '9x in simplicity, with all the inherent
> > assumptions. But then, do we all want our OS to be making all of those
> > assumptions for us?
> Have you tried RedHat or Mandrake lately?  Pretty brain-dead install on
> both...  Actually, I think RH 7.1 is simpler than windows! : ^ )  We are
> running RH7.1 for our NW575:eDirectory Design & Imp class and people who
> had never seen linux before in their life were able to install RH w/o a
> hitch...  i think the biggest thing is the lack of GOOD applications...
> sure, there are tons out there, but how many have you seen haven't been
> updated since 1998 or are still in 0.x releases and for obvious reasons...
> personally, if I had a better system, I would run either Linux or FreeBSD
> on my workstation all the time (except for games, of course)...
> unfortunately, some of the nicer UI's and apps are just too darn slow on
> my computer...  and running anything bigger than Notepad in WINE is
> REEEEEEEEALLY pushing it! : ^ (
> Another one of the biggest reasons why linux hasn't been able to really
> make a mark as a desktop OS is because of it's lack of support for
> proprietary formats, such as Word, Sorenson-encoded QuickTime files,
> Windows Media (or is there support for this, I haven't really looked
> since I prefer Ogg or Mp3 to WMA and MPEG to ASF)...  unfortunately, there
> is not a whole lot linux application developers can do, since companies
> like MS change their proprietary format with every release...
> Linux on the desktop has come a LONG way even since I started (that
> fateful Saturday Install when Clint helped me setup my first RH5.1 install
> a few years ago)...  I think it has a future, but some things in the
> computer industry will either have to become more open, or we'll have to
> prove to the general public our formats are better than the formats
> they've been brainwashed into for so many years...
> anyway, just my $1.50 or so... : ^ )
> gLaNDix
> P.S. I'm trying to do my part with my last point...  I'm actually *gulp*
> teaching 15-20min "Linux Lessons" at the beginning of each of our NW580:
> Service & Support classes here at Hesston! : ^ )  ahh, molding the minds
> of our youth....  muaahaahaahaahaa!
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