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Re: A good charge against free operating systems

Say whatever you want, but i had never had any problem with 
messed up linux workstation, that i was not able to fix in minutes 
(inclusive one where more than 70% of the files were accidentally 
modified or deleted) but usually with win-anyversion only option is 
reformatting disk, if you were not enought smart to separate data 
and systema partitions (note that win-ME does not allow it: i was 
able to do it only partitioning the disk with linux, then installing ME 
... it complains a lot about the non standard partitions, but now it 
run (at a friend site where win compatibility is a must since she 
receive a lot of professional programs in win format executable 
only) on 4 partitions, and if something is wrong there is a [linux] 
procedure that restore anything !

Date sent:      	Fri, 9 Mar 2001 20:27:14 +0100 (CET)
From:           	Jens Luedicke <jens@irs-net.com>
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Philipp Schulte <p.schulte@matrix.uni-duisburg.de>
> > one for his studies. I installed Debian an his system, configured it,
> > provided it with a nice gnome-desktop and showed him how to open
> > netscape, play mp3s and write documents with StarOffice. He is happy
> > with it because it works.
> > It's not the users job to install and maintain a system, he wants to
> > use it. There are better people around to install and configure. Just
> > because M$ told the people that computers are easy and everybody can
> > install Windows and use it doesn't mean GNU/Linux has to support this
> > wrong assumption.
> Great. But what happens if something is messed up with the system?
> Is is desireable that those "end users" need to call a friend or a 
> service guy to fix a problem? I still think if you own a computer
> you should be able to handle it's basic problems and diseases.

Leonardo Boselli
nucleo informatico e telematico
Dipartimento Ingegneria Civile
Universita` di Firenze
V. S. Marta 3 - I-50139 Firenze
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