Selling Linux to Windows Users

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Tue Dec 9 19:24:07 UTC 2008

2008/12/9 Mark Haney <mhaney at>:
>> Swords work when they are full of sand, they do not need reloading,
>> they do not need the meticulous cleaning and frequent disassembly of a
>> firearm, and have many other advantages. They are faster and less
>> expensive to manufacture, less prone to abuse, and can be used for a
>> variety of purposes.
> Full of sand?  I missed that reference.  :) But yeah, I never tire of
> reloading my katana.

That's not a reference to anything that you should be familiar with.
But taking fire in Han Yunis with an M16 that won't cock because it is
full of sand leaves an impression on one.

>> But they will not forsake 'easy'. Fortunately, Ubuntu provides that.
> I've seen plenty of people forsake 'easy' for stability and usability.
> But, in general that's true.  However, I will say that more people are
> becoming savvy enough to forsake 'Fisher-Price' easy for something more
> complex without being overly so.

I wish that I knew that same people that you do.

>> Securely? Who? I do not know them. And consistency does not seem
>> important to anyone but people who take an active interest in
>> computers.
> Yes, securely.  Maybe my experience has been outside the norm, but I've
> found more 'casual' users taking more of an interest in security over
> the last couple of years than I ever did before.  Now, it's true they
> want 'secure' without 'paranoid', but taking an interest in it is a start.

Here, computing is generally is Click Click Click. And if the codec
pack is called Joe's Virus Pack but it will play that Simpson bootleg,
so be it.

>> Do you take an active interest in kitchen appliances? Has the
>> inconsistency of the refrigerator lighting and the microwave lighting
>> ever bothered you? The refrigerator light is only active when the door
>> is open. The microwave light is only active when the door is shut.
>> Does that not bother you?
> I'm not sure where you were headed with this, but this isn't
> inconsistency as much as it is /supposed/ to function that way.  And it
> does every time providing the bulb isn't burned out.  And yeah, I do
> take an interest in them, I do all the cooking at home.  It's how I relax.
>>> History doesn't teach us about who came first. It's more about the
>>> victors write the history.
>> Hehe, it's the victors who usually write the history.
> In a really poor way, that's what I said.  It sounded better in my head.
>  If that helps.

It is a common argument that is pointless. History is important, but
the accepted version of it is not necessarily what happened, or why.

>> Not until they see something new, no. That's why I love to use Compiz
>> and answer people who ask "is that Vista"?
> Well, that may be true in a lot of cases, but everyone finds that when
> the 'new' wears off, it's not as cool as you originally thought it was.
>  You know?

No, I don't. People want shiny. You know?

Dotan Cohen


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