Upgrading to Edgy Eft

Christofer C. Bell christofer.c.bell at gmail.com
Thu Jun 29 22:50:13 UTC 2006

On 6/29/06, Mario Vukelic <mario.vukelic at dantian.org> wrote:
> On Thu, 2006-06-29 at 10:11 -0300, Derek Broughton wrote:
> > Encouraging people to _use_ it - and report their experiences here - is a
> > long way from encouraging people to _depend_ on it.
> Conceded.

I wouldn't be so quick to concede this point.  When a new user asks
which Ubuntu they should install, they're asking because they've heard
that Linux (Ubuntu) is this great thing that they can install and run
and Just Works(tm) and won't crash like Windows.  They're implicitly
asking, "which should I install that Just Works(tm)?"  Encouraging
them to use Edgy is encouraging them to install software that does not
Just Work(tm) and is liable to leave a bad taste in their mouths with
regards to Linux in general and Ubuntu in particular.

"Users" (especially new ones) should never be encouraged to use
anything other then an offically released and supported version of the
operating system.  To recommend anything else without exceptional
circumstances (like the previously mentioned hardware support, as an
example) is irresponsible at best and reckless at worst.


"I trust the Democrats to take away my money, which I can afford.  I
trust the Republicans to take away my freedom, which I cannot."

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