dell says bye bye to Linux
nickdebord at compuserve.com
Fri Aug 3 19:58:42 CDT 2001
Well. A priori. I'm a dedicated legacy OS person. I cut my teeth on
command line DOS and then WIN 3.xx (these days that means WFWG 3.11). I drew
the line at WIN9x. Hate that beast with a true passion, but because it is
the 800 pound gorilla, I have to find some way to accomodate it in the
So, here is the rub. Linux is a real PITA. Capital PITA. Unbelievably techie
and that is bad. I say that because I was a techie in the DOS years. People
came to me to do this or that thing that they couldn't do because they were
not computer nerds. Like me.
I'm no longer interested in being the nerd of the moment. Youse guys have
inherited that title. Too bad for you, I'm afraid. Because you have also
inherited a mantle of leadership.
So, here is the point of all this. I want to run Linux. But I no longer want
to be techie about it. I do not care to learn all the command line tricks of
the trade. With that opinion, I am now no better than your average newbie
who can't figure out what an enter key is. <sly grin>
I also do not ever want to run a modern version of MR BILL's monopoly OS.
So. This is what I want. I want a flawless, newbie-proof distribution of
Linux. In it I want what all MS junkies require. I want WINE up and running
with MS OFFICE capability. I want, because I am a dinosaur, DOSemu
capability without having to compile this or that obscure nonsense. Just so
I can run my ancient apps.
What I don't want to hear is any techie superiority. The writing is on the
wall for Linux to my mind. I can say that because I've been around since CPM
and have seen Operating Systems come and go. Either get transparent or
vanish. And since the apps come in MS flavors (be they DOS or WINDOZE), live
with it or kick the bucket.
just my two cents worth.
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