Re: And what about using "Brain"
> Why are we worried about newbies who
> don't want to learn at all. Making
> things easier is one thing but totally
> revamping everything that people have
> worked on in order to support people who
> aren't willing to learn.
I run Linux. A lot of Linux. I was and am willing to do what it takes to learn what I'm working on. I have an entire bookshelf of O'Rielly and other Linux books. On Bind. Samba. Sendmail. PHP. Apache. Linux-in-general. PostGres.
I run Windows. A lot of Windows. I was and am willing to do what it takes to learn what I'm working on.
I don't own a single windows-related book. Not one. Not IIS. Not SQL Server 7. Not PPTP. Not Windows-in-General.
If Linux was a thing of ease and beauty, I could see your point. It's not. If we want Linux to succeed in the server room, the boardroom, and the living room, frankly, Linux needs to be easy enough for a "newbie." Moreso, it needs to be easier for me, a guy trying to use it to get his job done.
As it is, Linux needs to be made easier, even for the "experts." I think the author of the above article missed the boat, bigtime. It's not the *format* of the configuration files that a problem. Okay, well, it is, but not THE problem. THE problem is that configuration files (and, well, if you think about it, APPLICATION files are strewn all over the damned disk seemingly without any rhyme or reason. I've been running Linux now for at least 6 years. I've built web servers. I've built database servers. I've built VPN routers. And you know what? I STILL have to do a "find" every time I need to edit a damned apache or postgres config or god forbid start a daemon manually. Even worse if it's something I *dont* use as much.
No, the big problem with ease of use is that there's no one place to find config data or applications.
Windows may have one big "registry," but at least it's easy to find. And it's a pretty safe bet you're going to find programs you've installed under "Program Files." The Linux community, and especially distro packagers would do well to take note.
And complain about newbies all you want, but they're vital to the survival of Linux. Help them to learn, DON'T call them stupid. They are NOT a waste of time, they are the future of Linux. Realize, too, that if you make changes to the OS that helps them, you're helping yourselves in the long run, too.