[oclug]Re: Linux too hard?
Michael P. Soulier
msoulier at storm.ca
Mon Nov 25 20:55:19 EST 2002
On 25/11/02 GR Gaudreau did speaketh:
> [gr] With all due respect, Mike, when are the Linux people going to
> wake up and smell the coffee? The average user is NOT a Unix Geek,
Who ever said that Linux software was being written for the average user?
Along these lines, when are all the critics going to wake up and realize that
the majority of developers don't care about the average user? Some do, but
don't tell me that the author of cdrecord, mkisofs, etc., cared about the
average user. Frankly, it seems to me that the more we care about dumbing down
software, the more unstable it gets. I'm quite happy with the most cryptic
tools available, but I have to say, the "easy ones" suck.
Evolution? KDE? Gnome? Give me IceWM, xterm, perl, awk, sed, grep... Those
are not for the average user, but they work great for me.
Explain to me why, when we volunteer our free time, we are obliged to
develop software that anyone can use without reading a damn thing. If that is
your aim, fine, but I reserve the right to write software for me, and
volunteer it to the work anyway.
Michael P. Soulier <msoulier at storm.ca>, GnuPG pub key: 5BC8BE08
"...the word HACK is used as a verb to indicate a massive amount
of nerd-like effort." -Harley Hahn, A Student's Guide to Unix
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