Re: ubuntu ready for end-users?
One of the problems with Win and Mac (IMHO) is the way they kind of hide what's really happening underneath their polished surfaces. This is partly consumer-led (people just want it to be easy), but it also conveniently (for the OS company) encourages people to depend on that particular operating system for their conceptual model of their computer.
And an even bigger problem is that Joe User isn't just happy with this system - he feels threatened if one tries to suggest that he might get more from his machine if he didn't rely on someone else to tell him how it works.
How many people would go to buy a car and allow the salesman to tell them which car they want?
I answered "Other" in the poll. I think that Ubuntu is perfectly good for the "end-user". Heck, our gran uses it!
But how many people buy a Windows PC that isn't pre-installed? Installing any operating system is beyond many users, without some training or guidance. But I think that anyone who can install and trouble-shoot another operating system should be fairly comfortable with Ubuntu.
By the way, my personal spin is that I work for an arts/IT organisation that works only with Linux and open-source, and I often talk Linux-newcomers through installing Linux on older machines. I've not met anyone that can't cope with Mand(rake/riva) or Ubuntu.
Based on my experiences, I think the best thing the open-source community can do is encourage more people to learn more about the architecture of their machines, and open their eyes to the choice and freedom available with Linux/O-S. Distros like Ubuntu are not just good because they give people what they're used to for free. They're good because they give people the enthusiasm and the confidence to do MORE with the technology.
Last edited by Sleeper Service; May 25th, 2005 at 10:35 AM.
not enough is being done for the apathetic.