[K12OSN] Maybe Linux is ready for the desktop
carl at snarlnet.com
Wed Jun 30 23:16:45 UTC 2004
For those of you trying to justify Linux to Administrators, teachers and
other skeptics, here's an interesting anecdote about Linux's ease of
use/familiarity to new users.
I have a couple of 12 year old kids staying at my house for a few weeks. I
told them they could use my k12ltsp 4 server if they wanted as a
workstation. (Since I can't get any @#$% terminals working yet.) They've
been hogging my wife's Mac and I wanted to let her get back to it. They're
usually windows users. When I found one of them using it I asked him if
he'd ever used Linux. He said, "No, what's that?" I pointed to the screen
and explained to him what an operating system was. He had been happily
surfing the web. The only instructions I gave him earlier were to point at
the terminal and say log in as foo/bar.
Just thought I'd share. I was pretty dumbfounded, actually. I thought
he'd need me to tell him where stuff was, etc.
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