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Re: why linux?

S C wrote in Article <[🔎] 227822.12707.qm@web58105.mail.re3.yahoo.com> posted to

> For months now I have been trying to make Debian behave like a real OS.

It is one.
> However, I still cannot print,

Have you tried troubleshooting it with the Printing HOWTO on linuxdoc.org?

> format/initialize a new cd

There's a CD Recording HOWTO as well as K3B being pretty much just load and
go, easier than Nero on the first try...

> or use one to back up files,

CDs aren't the best medium, you'll probably be better off getting an
external hard drive and using faubackup or something similar.

> get the sound working,

Sound HOWTO should help you if it doesn't Just Work(tm).

> watch a movie

Did you try any basic troubleshooting?  I've yet to have problems with this,
the first time I tried, it just worked.

> or read images from my digital camera.

> With Windows all this was simple.

I never thought so.  What with having to use the CD and having to do all the
package management and driver wrangling by hand.  Screw that, I have better
things to do than babysit an install.  Like refill my coffee.  All that's
semiautomatic in most cases in Debian.

> It works without expecting me to become a systems engineer.

No, it doesn't.  Worse yet, it convinces people that they know everything
about computers without actually knowing anything.  This is dangerous to
the point of being harmful, and promotes malicious exploitation of systems
and FUD.

> 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?

Given that Windows supports less hardware and has fewer applications than
Linux, and with next to nothing useful with Windows right out of the box,
I'm not sure how you're comparing Linux to be a partial OS by comparison.

(Remember, programs are programs, applications aren't programs but
categories.  OpenOffice Writer is a program.  Word processing is an

Paul Johnson
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