Re: "Red Hat recommends Windows for consumers"
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ron Johnson" <email@example.com>
To: "Debian-User" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2003 7:34 PM
Subject: Re: "Red Hat recommends Windows for consumers"
> On Thu, 2003-11-06 at 18:02, BruceG wrote:
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: David Millet
> > To: email@example.com
> > Cc: Debian-User
> > Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2003 6:52 PM
> > Subject: Re: "Red Hat recommends Windows for consumers"
> > > > all I have to say is that I personally want linux to rule
> > > > simply because I will stand to make alot of money when big
> > > > start picking it up. a lot of us will, in fact.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Not until Broderbund releases a Calendar Creator that works
> > > > Linux. Ditto for Reader Rabbit, Math Blaster, etc, etc, ad
> > > >
> > Or not until wine begins running these and every windoze app
> > that everyone uses flawlessly, which hopefully happens soon.
> > david
> > ***
> > My experience with the wonderful world of Linux and end users
> > - or normal people. My sister needed a laptop to help her
> > start a new business writing grant proposals. I figured I'd
> > help by buying her a laptop (used, but still good, a Dell
> > Latitude PIII, 256Meg RAM, 12 Gig hard disk, CD-RW, external
> > floppy, Xircom 10/100+56 card. I tested Mandrake 9.1, SuSE 8.2
> > Personal and Knoppix installed to harddisk. Decided to ship it
> > with SuSE with all updates done, and with OOo 1.1.0 and
> > Scribus 1.0.1. Paid for Internet access, and configured dial
> > on demand. Also configured KMail,Evolution, Mozilla Mail and
> > KNode.
> > She called today. Had a problem with it (trouble-shooting was
> > turn it upside down and shake it). Brought it to computer
> > repair shop. He installed non-licensed Windows and MS Office.
> > I'm discouraged. It truely was 'point 'n click'. Everything
> > was installed, tested and working. Literally plug it in, turn
> > it on, connect the included phone cord and your online. Just
> > click the Seagull and you have a choice of OOo1.0.2 or
> > OOo1.1.0.
> > Think I want my SuSE 8.2 Personal boxed set, SuSE Live Eval
> > CD, and boot floppy back! But on the good side, my 7 year old
> > son and 14 year old son are perfectly comfortable with SuSE,
> > Mandrake and RedHat. Maybe Debian in a while.
> Complain to the store's owner that his employees overwrote your
> data, and demand compensation. Contact the BSA, and tell them
> about the unlicensed Windows. (You reinstalled SuSE, right?)
No, I'm a 12 hour drive away from her - so it is back into the Windows
I just don't understand installing pirated software. Not when better
available free or at a reasonable cost. SuSE boxed set only cost $40. OOo is
and available on just about any platform. With project Fedora and Debian
have a choice of some great truely free systems. To me it's well worth the
takes to learn something new. Let's say you buy a licensed version of
and a licensed version of MSOffice. To my way of thinking - if you can learn
basics of a new system in 20-30 hours, you're way ahead of the game.
At least she found the value of the laptop from the computer shop and
me for it. That's on the plus side.