[sf-lug] Consistency

Paul Ward dssstrkl at gmail.com
Wed Jul 30 14:23:39 PDT 2008

On Jul 30, 2008, at 1:51 PM, Rick Moen wrote:

> Quoting JW (jmango at mail.com):
>> Please keep in mind that we propellerheads-in-training are not
>> necessarily guided by some mysterious aesthetic when deciding which
>> distribution to use.
> If you are very used to MS-Windows-du-jour, or Mac OS X, etc., and  
> your
> primary criterion is immediate familiarity to yourself and thus  
> "time to
> productivity ratio", shouldn't you should stick with what you know,  
> and
> eschew Linux entirely?

Because that's not what the discussion is about. I'm not advocating  
that anyone should clone Windows or OS X or that's its unreasonable to  
expect people to learn about the differences between OSes. The point  
is that it would be very nice if there was (a lot) more unity in the  
way that distros, particularly ones that purport to be mainstream  
products, like Ubuntu. Motor vehicles come in all sorts of  
configurations, some of which are harder to use than others, some that  
require special training and certification to use, but they're not  
THAT different from each other. Using an OS that is supposed to be for  
the masses should be like going from an automatic car to a manual to a  
motorcycle. It shouldn't be like moving from a car to a 747.

> (Some people like Christian seem to be all about convincing the
> computing world to run Linux.  Me, I think people are best advised to
> use what they believe will make them happy.)

I fully agree. One's choice of OS should be fully predicated by what  
you need to do with it. If you want to build an HTPC (and have blu- 
ray), you're stuck with Vista. What's more important: the experience,  
or the OS?

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Paul Ward
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