dell says bye bye to Linux

Nicholas DeBord nickdebord at
Sun Aug 5 08:15:21 CDT 2001


No disagreement there. <g> There is no magic wand for any OS, 
however...Linux needs simplification in a big way to my mind.

In article <3B6BE7E2.26A678D3 at>, 
flatto at says...
>Hi Nicholas!
>If you know this saviour who wrote installation software that will put 
>a box in a way that dispenses with tweaking let us know.
>Have fun.
>(DOS 2.11->win98)
>Slack 8/2.2.19 user from Ulladulla.
>Nicholas DeBord wrote:
>> 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 
>> future.
>> 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. 
>> 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 
>> inherited that title. Too bad for you, I'm afraid. Because you have 
>> 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 
>> 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 
>> 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 
>> 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.
>> Nick

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