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Problems Linux Enthusiasts Refuse to Address

Apr 04, 2011, 18:09 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"But what I find frustrating about the entire process is that nearly all of the Linux distributions targeting new users don't bother to explain the challenges that exist with using "made for Windows" hardware combined with their distro. Sure, for you and I it's a snap. For a new Linux user, however, this is not clearly spelled out. Often, selecting video or wireless chipsets can provide hours of unneeded frustration.

"Distro developers have done their jobs well. So have those who are working to promote their distributions throughout the various channels, for the most part. But where I see the ball being dropped early on is with clear guidelines as to what new users should expect.

"I'm sorry, but I think in 2011 we have outgrown statements like 'it's not Windows' and 'visit the forums for help.' Providing a simple notice on the distribution websites indicating that self-installation is to be an 'as is' type of deal, would provide some much needed reprieve for newbies everywhere."

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