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afonic at altecnet.gr
Thu Jun 23 11:03:35 UTC 2005
john levin wrote:
>Iosif Chatzimichail wrote:
>>Are these the kind of users you want to be running Linux?
>Yes. Everyone should have the opportunity and support to run ubuntu,
>even if they know nothing about computers, or only know windows. (For
>one thing, it means they don't run zombied machines pouring out spam and
>virii, making the net healthier for all.)
I don't think you understand. If tomorrow ALL windows users started
using Linux in 6 months Linux would be FULL of viruses, spyware and
security problems. Getting users in Linux is not the true purpose. The
target should be to educate them so when they read "Synchronising clock
with ntp.ubuntulinux.org.......[FAIL]" they understand it's not
important. Remember a big percentage of Windows problems are being
caused because users don't know how to keep their OS safe, so they get
their machines filled of useless software.
Now if you ask, "do you want everyone to use Linux and give MS the boot"
my answer is "NO!". Linux should be kept trouble free and this can
happen only by having its users have a deeper knowledge of this thing
called "computer". Trust me if the above scenerio ever comes true me,
and probably you as well, will start looking for another OS.
I don't think that Ubuntu by not having a splash screen prevents newbie
users from using it. There are distros with nice booting screens that
are much more complicated and less user-friendly than Ubuntu.
Everyone can run Linux free of charge and easily. It just needs some
research. Most people don't even know how to handle a Windows install,
if they decide to go open-source the boot screen is the last thing that
will scare them!
>>orry for getting a bit off subject here but people that will think
>>"OMG!! What are these lines before Ubuntu boots? There must be some kind
>>of error!" do not have a chance to get used to Linux anyway.
>Well, the problem is that you do get errors - raid, time server if not
>That, I think, is the fundamental question. Those errors are not
>important, but are frightening.
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