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Re: Event aims to bring Lindependence to one California town

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on July 21, 2008 08:58 PM
Not just a public support campaign, but a polite one.

I've found that about half the time when I try to get support for Linux related issues, I get treated rudely with a bunch of "RTFM" style responses. Oddly enough, the supposedly 'most snobby' linux group, the Gentoo users, were the most helpful and polite. Thank you for restoring some faith in the OS gentoo'ers.

I think that's the community side of it.

The other part is more of a focus on reliability. I haven't had as much trouble keeping any other OS I've used up to date and functional, as I have with Linux. That includes Windows and FreeBSD (the main three OSes I use). I've used them a lot, but even with several years of experience in all of them, I could do more with Windows or FreeBSD in a matter of weeks, than I could in Linux.

Every user has a different mindset, and different operating systems are better for different users. No one operating system is perfect. For all my criticisms above, I'm not saying that Linux is a bad choice, I'm saying that it's not for everyone. It's good that people are getting experiences with it. I just hope the people running this project will help the users get back to windows if that's what the users need/want.

That being said, I think this would be a great information gathering step for "Linux on the Desktop", it's current state, and where it needs to go. Simply ask these questions at the end of the week, month, and year after the trial starts with a given user.

Which Linux version/distribution(s) did you use?
What did you like about Linux?
What did you dislike about Linux?
Were the advantages of Linux more or less than the disadvantages?
If there is one thing you would take from Linux to another OS, what would it be?
If there is one thing that you would change about Linux, what would it be?
Have you switched away from Linux, if so to what OS?
Have you switched back to Linux after switching away?


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