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OSNews: APT vs RPM: The Comment That Flooded My Inbox

Aug 24, 2002, 07:00 (63 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam Scheinberg)

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"A few weeks ago, I wrote an article for OSNews entitled "Update on Red Hat's Limbo Progress." It was to be a short article on how much Red Hat's beta releases have impressed me--to share with everyone some of the changes a desktop user sees and maybe generate some additional interest in my choice, Linux. Little did I know, one of my comments nearly incited a riot- it would flood my Inbox, leave me feeling silly about something that I still think is true...it was just poorly stated. So, let's try a little experiment.

"Let's all agree to step back, forget what we know, and pretend we're seeing Linux for the first time. Let's pretend we don't know too much about anything besides Windows 98. Let's visit a world where the computer is an intimidating machine that requires a highly skilled technician for basic tweaking. You with me? Okay, here we go...

"We just booted up for the first time and logged in, so far so good. The desktop is pretty comfortable; a standard Windows user will be able, in virtually every distribution that configures X and defaults to it on login, to comprehend what they are seeing. Some of the recent changes, for the better, I'd add, have stripped the confusing names, like xSane, Toaster, Evolution, Mozilla and terms like Halt from their default menus and replaced them with much more logical and self-explanatory names like 'Scanner', 'Burn CDs,' 'E-mail,' and 'Browse the Internet.' In fact, a very basic user, who is likely using Hotmail or Yahoo Mail or some other web-based e-mail could probably navigate around and get almost all of their day to day work done just fine..."

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