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Jan 05, 2001, 14:35 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

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"There was a very interesting article in the Los Angeles Times recently. In it the author, Mark Kellner, wrote of having tried to switch to a Linux desktop for 14 days. All that he found admirable in Linux was StarOffice, and there was a lot he didn't like even about it. He hit a lot of snags, and asked all the wrong people who, like Mr. Kellner himself, hadn't a clue."

"Kellner's piece was linked on Linux Today, and it drew just about the range of comments what we have come to expect: a few from the "Microsoft paid him off" contingent, and some from the "mine is bigger than yours" children, as well as some fairly reasoned responses from those who do not cheerlead for cheerleading's sake. These fell into two categories. The first is that had he done a little research and looked for the things he needed and looked in the right places for help, he would have made out much better. The second is that much that he said was accurate. Both of these points of view are, I think, correct."

"Kellner's article, for its flaws (and I think it had many) is just the kind of thing that those of us in the Linux community ought to look at, think about, and at the end ask two questions: What are we trying to bring about? How well are we doing it?"

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