__/ [ Lobo ] on Tuesday 28 March 2006 08:08 \__
> On Tue, 28 Mar 2006 04:52:24 +0100, Roy Schestowitz
> <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>__/ [ Lobo ] on Monday 27 March 2006 19:45 \__
>>> Search for xubuntu Using Synaptic.
>>> <click> <click> <click>
>>> wait 1 minute for download and install
>>> pop-up says "Click here to restart"
>>> Now have choice at login for Gnome, KDE and Xfce.
>>> BTW, Xfce is very snappy
>>Linux ceased to be challenging, but it's no reason to complain. Everything
>>is GUI-based and devices are all plug-and-play. It robs Linux from its
>>learning curve (one justification for using it in computer science
>>courses), but any such progress is just splendid. *smile*
> I disagree. I think Linux has the requisite features to greatly
> enhance learning in the computer field, especially in the young.
Such progress is "splendid" only because it makes it easier for Linux to
penetrate the home of any housewife or retired man (stereotype flames
aside). I did not argue it was positive for educational purposes. Let the
students use SuSE 6 or Slackware if you ever want to strain the brains out
Similar arguments to:
> As an analogy, Windows is like a car with the hood welded shut. About
> the only thing a youngster can do with it is change the tires and
> throw stuff in the trunk. To do more requires an expensive set of
> tools that are hard to master for a beginner.
> With Linux, the hood opens readily. You can tinker with the carb,
> change the plugs, add a supercharger, change the
> engine/transmission... do anything. AND, the Linux car comes complete
> with a well-stocked garage with all the tools you'd ever want.
> Linux is challenging for me. I've got 5 distros on one disk to manage.
> I'm learning about Grub and Lilo, where all the stuff goes in the
> different distros, desktop managers, package managers, user
> privileges, etc etc.
> I'm having a great time tinkering under the hood.
Good point. I guess that's why they conduct any test drive with the stick
shift, even in countries where automatic gear is commonplace. I am not sure
this is true for all (if any) of the American states.
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