On Tue, 12 Jul 2005, =C9ibhear wrote:
> There are many types of users that can come to this list with =
> legitimate questions.
Sure, but they're all ultimately technical users (even if they dont =
want to be). "Technical user" covers it i think.
> The user, brand new to GNU/Linux, who's =
> having difficulty accessing a USB thumb drive is an example.
That's a bug then.
> This is something that "just works" on Windows and Mac OS X, but =
> I've seen few Linux distros get it right all the time. [Mandrake is =
> the best with this, in my view.]
Works fine on Fedora Core too. Plug it in, icon appears on desktop. =
Works fine for users who would never post here if it didnt. The only =
tricky bit is that they have to be aware they must 'unmount' the icon =
before removing it.
> Your manifesto for ILUG is more exclusionary than the regular "can =
> we close ILUG to prevent spammers" calls. It borders on elitist. It =
> would be a pity if a majority of ILUG subscribers agree with you.
I'm not sure whether either you misunderstood me, or whether you =
believe Linux /should/ require technical expertise to use. If the =
latter case, I really really hope most subscribers would disagree =
with you. But that can't be - you must have misunderstood me.
> I, for sure, would take my 11 years' extensive *use* of UNIX and =
> Linux experience away with me. I would not like to be a member of a =
> group that would scorn my contribution, little though it may be at =
Because I think that Linux users (in the non "technical user" sense) =
should not have to post to lists like this? Why ever would you =
Note that I am *not* arguing that people should be discouraged from =
seeking help here or otherwise becoming involved in the more =
technical Linux / Unix user groups. Merely that having to seek help =
is nearly always a bug ;) when it comes to computers - hence, ideally =
one shouldn't /need/ to seek help or feel compelled to join technical =
Not everyone cares that much about the details of computing..
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