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Re: Something is very wrong with this group

bruce@va.debian.org writes:

> I'd prefer not to have to use NT at work. That means we have to make
> Linux able to compete with it.

No problem from me there.

> Sure, we won't give the naive user all of the power, but it should
> be easily possible for someone to install Debian and use it to
> connect to the net, process documents, do spreadsheets, print, etc.,
> without learning much at all about the computer. When they want to
> peek under the hood, the possibility is there.

Right.  I don't have a problem with that either.  But this can be done
without impacting most, ifnot all, of the things Manoj was discussing.

If anything, this issue is just a stronger argument in favor of the
original intent of Debian.  We should maintain a base OS which is
tremendously flexible and perhaps too complex for many users, and then
create "build-ons" that provide specialized functionalities.  I'd say
that the full blown WinNT/Win95/MacOS naive user replacement OS would
be just such a project.

Rob Browning <rlb@cs.utexas.edu>
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