Re: Fwd: Upgrade Problem
On Fri 04 Jan 2019 at 19:31:05 +0100, Nicolas George wrote:
> deloptes (12019-01-04):
> > We just pointed out
> > that you do not have to be a sysadmin to operate a computer.
> And you are wrong. Operating a computer requires a sysadmin, there is no
> way around it. If there is no dedicated one, that makes the user the
> sysadmin. Their choice whether they become competent or not;
Using the facilities on a computer is what a user does, just like the
simple task of switching on an electric light in a house.
If by "operating", deloptes means "using", I think I could agree. If
he means change the bulb or mend the fuse or go down to to the local
substation to fix the problem we are outside the province of a user's
remit. How about deleting a power station or two to get the lights in
the house working?
The problem with computers is that a user says "this is *my* computer
and I will do with it what I want. Consequently, the easiest way to
happiness is to destroy the system and rebuild. Competence with system
administration and its philosophy is hardly at the forefront in the use
Having said that, a full partition does require sensitive treatment. It
hasn't received it in this thread.