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GNULinux.com: Interview with Joseph Cheek of Redmond Linux

Jul 29, 2000, 22:03 (2 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Christian Zupancic for this link. ]

"Redmond Linux is a fledgling distribution that aims to strike at Microsoft Windows major strength; ease of use. While Linux in general has made inroads to address usability issues, Redmond Linux intends to take a few more steps in that direction... Joseph Cheek, the organizer of the RedmondLinux project took some time to discuss what his team is trying to accomplish with RedmondLinux and some of the special problems encountered with creating a new distribution."

"GNULinux: Many of the people using Linux today are not long time UNIX users.... some of them are not even very computer savvy. Does Redmond Linux aim to make that a non-issue?

Cheek: It's always going to be an issue -- if it weren't an issue I wouldn't be working on Redmond Linux. 8-) Yes, we are going to make it easier for computer newbies to use Linux. Much easier, I think."

"GNULinux: Will Redmond Linux try to hide the command line from the user when possible (ex: such as COAS or Webmin tools do with basic administration)?

Cheek: Oh yes. For [the] personal edition at least, if you have to use the command line to do anything it will be an error on our part. A bug. For other editions, the command line may play a role. It's nice to have it for power users, so later editions geared to power users will probably have it."

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