Howard Bloom on 10 Sep 2004 04:07:03 -0000

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RE: [PLUG] Interesting Article from eWeek

It would appear that although he liked it very much, many things are not as
easy to use as windows especially for the novice.

"A few complications
But overall, (and here's where staunch Linux fans will take exception) this
machine is not as easy to use for most computer users as the same machine
running Windows XP or (if it could) Apple's OS X.  You still need to know a
lot more about the inner workings of a computer to excel on a Linux machine.

For instance, software installs aren't as easy to figure out as on a Windows
or Mac computer. You must figure out on your own things like where to store
the software and associated programs and how to handle permissions. These
are not things most consumers want to do. Installs should be easy to find
when completed. That's not always the case for new Linux users.

Then there's how the notebook handles the little things like WiFi
networking: although the HP/SuSE notebook now automatically connects to my
access point, it only remembers one group of settings. I have two access
points at home, not to mention others to which I regularly connect. With the
nx5000, you need to change the access point and WEP settings separately for
each location. Tell that to Windows and Mac users and they'll laugh." 

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[] On Behalf Of Tobias DiPasquale
Sent: Thursday, September 09, 2004 8:54 PM
Subject: Re: [PLUG] Interesting Article from eWeek

As does HP:

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