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Re: 10-headed Linux Setup Saves Libraries

On Wed, 29 Mar 2006 07:02:08 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:

> __/ [ ray ] on Wednesday 29 March 2006 06:05 \__
>> On Tue, 28 Mar 2006 18:14:40 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> __/ [ ray ] on Tuesday 28 March 2006 16:59 \__
>>>> On Tue, 28 Mar 2006 05:42:16 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>>> http://www.cio.com/archive/031506/tl_library.html
>>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>>> | That was before Richmond implemented DiscoverStation, offered by
>>>>> | Calgary, Canada-based Userful. DiscoverStation uses one Linux desktop
>>>>> | to power up to 10 workstations, leaving only monitors, keyboards,
>>>>> | floppy drives and mice subject to public torture.
>>>>> `----
>>>>>                 http://www.cio.com/archive/031506/tl_library.html
>>>> We're due to have one of their four head systems installed at the
>>>> Portneuf District Library in Idaho. This follows on the successful
>>>> deployment of Mandrake Linux on the public access internet computers last
>>>> year - a VERY successful deployment, I might add. No complaints in over a
>>>> year, and a recent customer satisfaction survey showed universal
>>>> acceptance and revealed that several patrons were unaware they were not
>>>> running MS.
>>>                                      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>>> Is this /truly/ the test for success? It leaves me with a bad taste in the
>>> mouth.
>> Heavens no! It merely shows that if it's properly installed it will
>> satisfy people's needs and expectations (not the BSOD expectations - but
>> the 'it just works' expectations the trolls are always telling us about).
>> <snip />
> Opinion: people only appreciate something if it fails and demands attention.
> This gives a sort of 'reality check'. Otherwise, reliability is assumed,
> until lost.
> Think, for example, about a Linux user who switches from Linux to Windows and
> suddenly need to handle crashes, defrags and Registry cleanups. It's totally
> unacceptable. At home, the last time I reboot my machine was some time last
> year. I have never done anything on that machine other than 'work', e.g.
> browsing, skipping a track, pulling images from camera etc. No maintenance
> has been required in a long, long time (since setup?). Everything is set up
> to be a one-click job, e.g. backup entire hard-drive to external hard-drive
> by taping on the script (one-liner) that resides in Desktop.

'no maintenance has been required in a long, long time' - that surprises
me. I do updates once a week or so - of course this does not necessitate
any downtime or reboots.

> I often wonder: how can anyone be foolish enough to use Windows? 

Because it's there?

>Sure, Linux
> puts us in a position of advantage, but why not help others too?
> Best wishes,
> Roy

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