Question of the Day: A Tiered Linux Distro for Newbies?Jun 03, 2001, 21:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aurelien Marchand)
Aurelien Marchand writes:
Hi all, I know many many people wrote, write and will write about Linux on the desktop, and they will say everything between the 2 extremes, that is, the desktop market is conquered by Linux to Linux is conquered by the desktop market.
Now, after all, there are things to think about. When I first used a computer (in the early 1990), I had a screen, a keyboard, a joystick, no mouse and even less a CDrom. I typed every commands, learned things step by step. Then I switched to something bigger, learned new tricks and techniques, became familiar with the mouse and eventually, when 1995 hit, I learned the subtilities of a GUI on top of an OS...
The point being: I went step by step, making sure I was ready to go next step.
Maybe Linux desktop is the same.
Instead of simply dropping a advanced and technical machine (as GNU/Linux is)into the hands of any Joe Blow and say:'Now, read the HOWTOs, ask your local Guru and enjoy!', maybe the way to go is to first train the user step by step with a common system to measure his/her progress...
I propose the creation of a (yet another) distribution called: First Foot Desktop Linux
Each level of expertise is characterized by a Toe (Tier of expertise). There would be 5 Toes to reach, at least for the First Foot Desktop Linux version. After those 5 Toes, the use could move on to the Second Foot Desktop Linux.
Earning a Toe is done when the user feels comfortable enough to go forward:
Obviously, this method is the mirrored image (thus inversed) to the one most computer savvy did: from the command line only systems to the mastering of the GUI. With this self-awarding method, the user is pushed to learn more, thus giving him/her more confidence in his/her skills in Linux and thus improvong the value of Linux being a viable OS for the desktop.
Now, if anyone wishes to make such a distro, please feel free to contact me. Although not a project coordinator, I can put together a site for those interested in the project.
Note also that already-existing distribution could use this system. I think especially of Mandrake (already extremely full of automation for the install), but others can definetly use this method (as long as they keep a consistant method of Toeing).
Notre OS vaincra! (Our OS will succeed!)