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Linux Works Even for Total Newbies

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Still hesitant to try Linux? I'd like to share a revelation with you. See, for me, Linux adoption always seemed a bit of a battle to get out there on the desktop. No, I'm not talking about getting it installed. The major flavor providers have made stellar strides in set-up, making it a breeze.

Take a look for yourself at the powerful and useful features in Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, and SuSe.

There are easy to learn graphical interfaces like Gnome, KDE, or XFCE to name a few. Installation today is often simpler than any Windows full install. Therefore, no I'm not talking about installation and use. I'm talking about winning the hearts and minds of the Joe-average user.

Jen came to me with her desktop PC, that she had never been too happy with. She had described its erratic behaviour and instability and its growing problems. So here was my chance to share an insight with her no one else had done. I told her about an operating system that was free, secure, and stable.

Full Story.

Poor Jen

The user in the article ("Jen") goes from a know nothing XP "expert" to a religious zealot Linux "freak". Poor Jen - perhaps someday she will make some normal friends.

Unfortunately, the article is full of lame advice. If you don't like that your house is painted green, do you: A) demolish the house and rebuild a new one, Cool Move cross country where all the houses are your favorite color, or C) paint the house?

The Linux zealot instead of fixing the problem, just moves it to another platform. Can't wait for Jen to need Photoshop or Quickbooks or Access Database.

Linux can be a great solution - but touting it to unsuspecting users is not the way to increase it's market share.

Frozen Bubble Jen

While I am myself advocating Linux, I find this article too much biased to my taste.
Not using any firewall + antivirus +/- antispyware... hmm. (Well, using Norton's AV is close to using nothing too.)
I still wonder what could happen to a *nix n00b if s/he just downloads a tarball s/he's been told it's a must, then:
./config && make
and then
sudo make install.
Does ANYONE inspect the makefiles to see if for 'install' it doesn't start doing a "rm -rf /*"?
'Cause doing this as root is funny.
I can hardly wait for the hoards of new Linux users coming from Wingoze just to become clueless in another OS...

RE: Then there is Windows look alike, Linspire ?

I don't know what Tuxmachines (say, srlinuxx) believes about Linspire, but I personally find it completelly OUT of the Linux spirit! No freedom at all! Just the Microsoft way...

Enterprise-targeted non-free server distros (RHEL, SLES) *OR* enterprise-targeted non-free desktop distros (NLD, and many others) *OR* charging a fee for _services_ is a different thing.

Linspire just sux as a concept (even if it may actually run perfectly well.)

Should Jen or Joe embrace Linspire, it will be just the wrong thing. Amen.

Yes, it seems it is

It seems there are peconfigured computers with Linspire:
-- a Sempron 2800, 256 MB, 40 GB, CDRW, at $300.
-- a Sempron 3000, 512 MB, 1600 GB, 16x DVDRW, at $400.
-- a 64-bit Athlon 3000, inidem, at $500.
Dunno if they are serious or not.

What I don't like with Linspire is the "includes one-year subscriptions to services" thing. why should I pay forever for an OS, eh? Is it Windows? No. Then?

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