Re: "for dummies" Re: Linux is not for consumers!
scripsit Alvin Oga:
> On Thu, 11 Dec 2003, Thanasis Kinias wrote:
> > I would like to have something I could hand to non-geek colleagues which
> > would give them the hand-holding they need to realize that they _can_
> > learn this, and that if they put in a little effort they will be richly
> > rewarded.
> everybody has deifferent levels of "what they are willing to do to learn
> this" or not ..
> - some dont mind spending a few minutes to figure out how to
> setup their ip#, gw, dns, ...
> - some dont even wanna try
> - some dont mind compiling ... some do know how or what it means
> and that includes [regular] system admins ...
> - and forget it when it doesnt compile
> - some dont mind installing precompiled binaries ...
> and others are paranoid about precompiled binaries ..
> == pick your level of "want to learn" vs ease-of-use vs
> == need for upgrades and updates ... vs backups of their data
Well, the colleagues I'm thinking of are academics in the humanities
(see my sig!) who don't necessarily know what an IP address or
`compiling' is, much less worry about installing precompiled binaries.
But for a wide variety of reasons they might want to rid themselves of
Redmond (and not everyone has the budget to go out and buy shiny new
They're intelligent and well-educated people, however -- we're not
talking about Joe Sixpack mouthbreathers. They don't need to be talked
down to, but they also don't like being made to feel like idiots.
Pax vobiscum; pax cum omnibus.
tkinias at asu.edu
Doctoral Student, Department of History
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A.