Re: How is typical home computer used today?
On 09/12/2014, Bret Busby <email@example.com> wrote:
> On 09/12/2014, Richard Owlett <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> In a thread titled "Re: 9p/plumber to replace D-Bus?"
>> email@example.com wrote:
>> [[🔎] firstname.lastname@example.org">https://lists.debian.org/[🔎] email@example.com]>
>>> Le 08.12.2014 14:18, Marty a écrit :
>>>> Multi-seat PC and other
>>>> anachronisms probably have to go away.
>> Exactly what is meant by "Multi-seat PC"?
>> I'm working on defining a heavily customized personal
>> installation of Debian. One of the *STRONG* underlying
>> assumptions is the the machine would only ever be used by a
>> specific individual. One of the underlying motivations is
>> personally understanding the the guts of Linux.
>>> About anachronism... you should read about what is the minitel*,
>>> and then, consider thinking about how most people uses their
>>> computers ;)
>>> *: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minitel
>> Is there any current survey of people actually use computers today?
>> My personal usage would be email, web browsing, and some number
>> crunching. I would explicitly avoid installing anything that
>> would act as a server when connected to a network.
> I believe that an appropriate response to the question of the subject
> field, is, to reword the quote from Plato's Phaedrus, to
> "And, what is typical, and, what is not typical?"
> Similarly, "What is normal?"
> Do such concepts really exist, in the real world?
> Surely, as most people are different to each other, sowould their uses
> and expectations of computers, be different, would they not?
> One site (/ household or other unit) may have a LANM, which involves a
> gateway/firewall server, a mailserver, a print server, etc, and,
> separate LAN nodes, another may have a similar LAN, but without one or
> more of the servers, another may have a printer that has its own IP
> address within the :LAN, acting as a network printer, rather than a
> local printer, etc.
> Regrading the functionality of each particular computer, one computer
> may be used for financial accounting for the household or individual,
> and for office suite stuff, and for other uses; another may be
> configured for vidoe calls, using something like Skype or WebRTC
> stuff, etc, another may be configured (including the hardware
> configuration) to be used for watching aerial television, another may
> be used for running one version of one distribution of Linux, or
> another version of the same distribution, or, a different distribution
> of Linux, or another operating system, such as a BSD version of UNIX,
> etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
> Just because one person may decide that what that person does with a
> computer, is "normal", and, "typical", does not mean that others would
> so use their computers.
> And, apart from the aspect of "What is typical", what is a "home computer"?
> Is is a single computer for a whole household, so that the houshold
> has only one computer, to be shared by all members of the household,
> with only a single account, or, a computer with an account for each
> user, or, a computer with a separate account for each role of each
> user? Is a "home computer, a "desktop" computer, a "portable"
> computer, a "laptop" computer, a "notebook" computer, a "tablet"
> computer, or, a "games" computer, such as a nintendo 64 (once regarded
> as the most powerfulcomputer likely to be found in a household), or, a
> "smart phone", or, a "smart television", which, amongst other
> applications, provides use as a termional to the World Wide Web?
> So, the answer here, is, Read the quotation in my signature".
> Bret Busby
> West Australia
> "So once you do know what the question actually is,
> you'll know what the answer means."
> - Deep Thought,
> Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
> "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
> A Trilogy In Four Parts",
> written by Douglas Adams,
> published by Pan Books, 1992
Oh, and, from what I understand, unless the statistics have changed,
consider thinking about how most people uses their
>>> computers ;)
from what I understand, "most people" who "use computers" do not use
Linux as the operating system, and, most people who "use computers",
do not know what is Linux.
I could be wrong, but my understanding is that somewhere around 80-90%
of people who "use computers", use operating systems other than Linux.
Whether we like it or not, that is my understanding of "most people"
who "use computers" - they probably believe that Linux is the name of
some kind of cat or something.
"So once you do know what the question actually is,
you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
A Trilogy In Four Parts",
written by Douglas Adams,
published by Pan Books, 1992