Storm tracking on Linux and verses MS

D. Michael McIntyre michael.mcintyre at
Mon Oct 8 03:29:39 UTC 2007

On Sunday 07 October 2007, John DeCarlo wrote:
> I know a better way.  Don't install the updates while you are standing
> there.

I haven't done this in a good bit, but the last time I did this, it was 
something like:

1) install off CD
2) go to install desired user software
3) user software depends on newer versions of umpty packages
4) user has a miserable DSL connection that only barely qualifies as 
5) wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait
6) answer two questions
7) done

That was whatever was before whatever was before Dapper, I think.

My problem was that I wasn't doing it often enough to be able to benefit from 
putting together a better toolchain, but I was doing it often enough to get 
really annoyed at the bother.

Especially when the one family I hooked up with a perfect setup, even gave 
them an entire COMPUTER, because the one they had was too out of date...  I 
had everything perfect, with a custom theme they loved, based on their 
favorite sports team, the whole nine yards.  One day the guy calls and asks 
how to retrieve his emails now that he has formatted his hard drive and 
installed Windows on the computer.  In order to open some stupid malware 
email attachment his wife just couldn't live without.


So now my motto is if you're too stupid to install the damn thing for 
yourself, I really don't want to answer your questions anyway.  Bah humbug.  
Let Linux be a geek OS.  I'm a geek.  I don't have a problem with that.  
Inviting stupid people to use Linux just leads to insane things like that 
stupid new file manager everybody is complaining about, or worse, the whole 
Mac school of design certain members of the Rosegarden project are trying to 
foist upon us, whereby we throw away 3/4 to 4/5 of our features, because 
having too many features is too confusing.


I hate catering to stupid people.  Which is to say anyone who isn't a geek 
like me.

It's a failing, I admit it.

I'm glad there are still people out there who possess patience, because I 
think I burned the last of mine up in 2005 or so.
D. Michael McIntyre 

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