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Re: Dear Borland's!
2003-11-09 06:07:56 PM
On 11/09/03 15:35 +0900, Ender wrote:
first place. The comment "Linux is a robust desktop" stands on
TF>Market share does not determine the robustness or worth of an
its own without the requirement of a long, ad nauseum discussion
of Windows. Nobody said Windows was bad. Nobody said Linux was
better. My comment amounted to "Linux is good enough" -- and that
is demonstrably true. Maybe your combination of hardware and
software conspires against you, but it does not necessarily make
your experience typical.
single runaway process that causes the window manager to block.
TF>telnet server on my Linux box. Telnetting into the box to clean up
That can usually be tidied up without ill effect. Of course, I
admit that this requires a second PC and skills that the average
housewife has perhaps not yet developed. If you've saved your
data, then a Ctrl-Alt-Backspace isn't out of the question and
poses little inconvenience. On my Slack system, assuming my
keyboard is working, I can also Ctrl-Alt-F6 to a console login.
Lots of options there.
In any case, the quality of a particular X server is no different
than a bad video driver crashing Windows. For example, the SVGA
server with an old Millennium G200 may not be fast, but it's VERY
little point in it.
TF>but ME on this same system blue screens when that disk goes strange.
Thanks. When i will work on nuclear power plant i remember your suggestion.
won't mind. ;^)
Happy man. :-) Eventually when pegasus and muses come down to me, i may type
desktop. Example: a friend of mine, who is a normal end-user,
Not ready for the desktop - means level of required qualification of user
tried to upgrade her Norton AV. She followed instructions, but
things went wrong -- now Norton is not installed, the firewall
component blocked all ports and she cannot access the internet at
all. All her attempts to install a newer version from CD-ROM to
fix the problem have failed. She's a frustrated user. Is it a
Norton or Windows problem? I'm inclined to blame the app, not the
OS. If she were running Linux, however, I'm guessing that you'd
be blaming Linux.
considers "administering Windows" to be reinstalling Windows. If
programmer and basically expirienced user, your opinion "ready for the
it works, fine. If there's trouble, most users are completely
lost as to how to proceed.
distribution? Blaming Mandrake would be far more sensible.
Example 1: once i installed Linux Mandrake 9.2 with default installations
ANYway, it's easy to spin this story: If you've installed an app
on Windows and it has an init problem that causes it to exit,
will Windows tell you? Hardly. Windows will tell you if that app
about a programmer oversight at the application level. XMMS is
host.domain.com/music/mp3/Engima/The Screen Behind The
not Linux. Licq is not Linux. Either one may or may not be
included in a distribution. In Slack 9.1, for example, Licq is
nowhere to be found. Your example, while interesting in and of
itself, is not germane to Linux being ready for the desktop.
Would you blame Windows for a bug in PhotoShop?
depends on many things. Hardware, installed software, how we use
There are many examples where we may see that Linux still not enough good
the system....all contribute to the end-user experience. And
getting back to my original point, whether the apps are available
and are of decent quality for an OS is precisely what this
newsgroup is all about. It's our job to make good software and
ensure a good user experience, whether that be at home or in the
workplace, with free or commercial software.
How we do our job affects the user experience.
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