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Re: why linux?



S C wrote:
For months now I have been trying to make Debian behave like a real OS. However, I still cannot print, format/initialize a new cd or use one to back up files, get the sound working, watch a movie or read images from my digital camera. With Windows all this was simple. I downloaded the relevant program, set it up and it worked. Windows is supposed to be devilspawn and doomed, and maybe it is. It does, however, have one saving grace; it works. It works without expecting me to become a systems engineer.

When I go to someplace like freenode/#debian I am ignored. Maybe I should say to Hell with Linux and sell my story to Microsoft. Obviously I don't really want to, but how much longer should I put up with a partial OS? I don't mind telling you I'm damned sick of it.

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You know...I have been giving this thread alot of thought. I think the issue is that we the end user expect to much from Linux in general and I don't think that the average person thinks of certain things. Like, how long have you been using Windows? I know I have been using Windows for basically my entire adult life, yet I just started using Linux a little over a month ago. I realize that things are going to be much more difficult in Linux, some because Linux is not as user friendly as Windows, but mostly because it is new to me. When I first started using Windows way back when, it was difficult to do much of anything also. I think, we the new user of Linux, need to expect issues and things to be more difficult, but that's what this mailing list is for, that is what IRC is for. I have had nothing but great experiences with both of these and usually I am able to get my issues resolved with help from the folks there and with some research on my own. It all boils down to the fact that we have to be willing to put forth a little bit of work ourselves if we want things to work properly, even in Windows.

-Eric



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