[GRLUG] Distro's - was GRLUG test comment

Tim Schmidt timschmidt at gmail.com
Thu May 4 19:26:44 EDT 2006

On 5/4/06, Adam bultman <adamb at glaven.org> wrote:
> Dismissing "Normal Users" as "not smart enough to use a computer anyway"
> has probably alienated quite a few people (wasn't there a slashdot
> article about this recently or something?)   It's a pointless, "I'm
> smarter than you" feeling that too many linux/bsd people have and is
> very damaging.    How irked would you be if your mechanic, plumber,
> electrician, or furniture repairman started talking 'down' to you just
> because you don't fix your own problems?  You need to realize that the
> day where installing and running linux is as easy as changing your own
> oil, or putting the spare tire on the car is rapidly coming.  You can be
> a roadblock in that, or you can be helpful.

Sorry Adam, I'm a horrible person.

I think that perhaps, in a very thouroughly secured, walled-in,
tightly designed system, 'regular users' might be able to operate
their personal PCs securely.

Linux is better than Windows in that reguard, but not perfect.

I don't, however, think that just anyone is capable of doing much
more, correctly, without significant training, experience,
experimenting, etc.


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