> My two cents:
> Yes, MS things can be easy to setup, but they can be downright
> impossible to fix, if your printer is not supported by their standard
> distribution. I have more than once spent hours or days trying to solve
> a printing problem, only to discover that there was a bug in the print
> driver that I had. (Sometimes there is a newer driver to
> download---sometimes not.) I have also run into problems where there
> seems to be no means to accomplish what I want to do, simply because
> some part of the system needs modification, and I have no control over
> the system. The things that MS makes simple to do, is usually at the
> expense of limiting your choices in what you can do.
I wholeheartely agree, without a degree of control and flexibility, the
simple answer is "you can't do that" or "it doesn't work" and get on
with something else.
> With respect to Linux: I personally use Debian (which is non-commercial,
> so I accept the fact that I will have a large overhead in learning to
> use it, and that it may not always be distributed in a way that is easy
> to setup or use---but then I'm not paying for that kind of support. (It
> has always been surprisingly well done, however. Not to be confused with
> perfect:) If I purchased a commercial version of Linux, I _would_
> expect its installation to be easier, and I _would_ expect support to be
> available if I had trouble. Sadly, I have not tried any commercial
> version to give any firsthand comment on this, but I suspect the support
> and the distributions are good, given the kind of support and quality
> that I've found in the free versions.
My linux system is largely built with downloads from the net, this
means at times something will not compile and I have to hunt down and
alter a path here and there, edit a source and include a header file
etc., it's part of the journey. When I get stuck, help is usually
excellent, far speedier than from most software companies.
Quote:> Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that much of MS Windows ease
> of setup is due to the hardware vendors themselves supplying software
> drivers which they guarranty to work with the system. If Linux had that
> kind of support from the hardware vendors I don't think we would be
> having this discussion.
It's a challenge, but I think the Linux community respond well to it,
sleeves get rolled up and uncooperative vendors just delay the use of
their products on linux.
Quote:> Lastly, I find great comfort in the fact that any problems I've
> encountered _are_ solvable with effort on my part. I have had _much_
> learning to do in order to really start using my Linux system, but then
> I am learning to be a system administrator, not just a user. Scanning
> the newsgroups, it seems that sys admin on NT's or any other ocmpanies
> products can be challenging. Personally, I find the challenge very
> rewarding, and the knowledge that I get from the experience very
Well said, many people I know who have gained good employment on other
operating systems thanks to Linux and the great insight it offers, at
home you can learn the finer points of networking and systems
administration, really useful skills for the wider world.
> Chris Harris
> Linux --- The best things in life are free!
... Sid Boyce...Amdahl(UK)...44-121 422 0375
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