Sun Apr 27 14:24:17 UTC 2008
Ned Slider <ned at unixmail.co.uk>

Robert Becker Cope wrote:
> Kai Schaetzl <maillists at conactive.com> wrote:
>> CentOS is *not* for users new to Linux or Unix-like operatings
>> systems. It isn't. Full stop.
> Hopefully what you mean is that it isn't designed specifically for users that
> are new to Linux. It is a perfectly fine distribution for those wanting to
> learn Linux, though the learning curve may be a bit steep.
> Is there any distro designed to train new Linux users?
> robert

I think that depends on what the new user wants or expects from Linux. 
Sure there are distro's that attempt to hide or eliminate the exposure 
of new users to the command line, or choose to install 3rd party (non 
GPL/OS) stuff by default, or at least make it easy to do so from 
preconfigured repos.

Many (desktop) users converting from that other popular OS seem to 
expect things like multimedia support, 3rd party drivers, wireless etc 
to work out of the box by default, or at least be easy to install 
without having to resort to foreign commands on the command line (they 
easily forget none of these things worked on their previous OS out of 
the box!). Those users don't see the power of the command line and see 
it as a backwards step. It's easy to forget there is now a whole 
generation of computer users who have known nothing but the GUI and 
completely missed out on DOS or CP/M, and never owned a 
Spectrum/Commodore/BBC Micro etc.