Posted by: Anonymous
on December 14, 2007 06:08 PM
ALOT of work has been put in to making Linux "user friendly". Linux is the new player on the street compared to Microsoft however, and Ubuntu, newer still. To the old Windows user, these are just excuses. They want their stuff to "just work", and really could care less about what makes it work, or how. They dont want to think, they dont care about something called an Operating System; These are just irrelevant details to them. What they DO care about is productivity and the ability to get the work done that they need to, in the manner they are accustomed/trained to do them. In this area specifically, Linux fails, and probably always will, because its nigh impossible to make the paradigm shift that would be required. These people were brought up in a Microsoft world, and have been fed a daily diet of Microsoft products since birth, or shortly thereafter. Its like asking them to stop eating! Ask them to try a new Operating System which will give them true software freedom and some rights, and they look at you like your asking them to commit suicide! And usually treat you likewise thereafter too.
The only answer here is to break the chains Microsoft has created by forcing schools to introduce Open Source software alternatives at every opportunity, and to teach them as well. This really is the same thing as Religious freedom, and Freedom of Expression, and should be handled thusly. Anyway, to the OP issues above, yes, there will always be "issues" and a learning curve involved whenever you introduce Linux into a Microsoft dominant environment, and this is to be expected. Microsoft has no desire to allow Linux to interoperate with Windows, unless you pay them. Try SuSe or Linspire or Xandros, as they have paid their racketeering fee, and so those distros should have much less of a problem integrating. RHES should also have fewer issues, as Red Hat has put alot of work to make it so, without violating the principles of Free Software, as the former dupes have. You can also get support for Canonical for your Gutsy install, if your willing to pay for it. Other than that, there ARE free solutions for all your issues on Ubuntu Documentation and on the Forums.