[CentOS] Troubles for an non-IT beginner

Wed Jan 19 18:00:10 UTC 2011
cornel panceac <cpanceac at gmail.com>

2011/1/19 Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

> On 1/19/2011 10:43 AM, m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
> >
> >> The difference is that open source server software has been 'feature
> >> complete' for ages and the standards processes that change client/server
> >> interactions are very, very slow - so outdated versions of server
> >> software is not a problem as long as bug/security fixes are made.
> >> That's not true for desktop applications and environments.  If you don't
> >> have something current you are missing the improvements that many
> >> thousands of man-hours of work have made.  Personally, I use Windows at
> > <snip>
> > I'll disagree here: I've seen hardly any "improvements" in any of the
> > (admittedly not a lot) of software I run. As a definition of this, let me
> > note that in '95, PC Mag ran a review of word processors, and noted that
> > 90% of the users (then) used only 10% of the features, and the other 10%
> > of users who *did* use those features only used them about 10% of the
> > time.
> You are biased by having learned to live with the restrictions of old
> cruft.  At the very least you have to be able to exchange data files and
> view all common media files on a desktop.  What do you do when someone
> gives you a docx or xlsx file?
> > The last "oh, I like this" feature I can remember was when firefox
> > introduced tabs. On the other hand, a *lot* of "improvements" I find more
> > and more objectionable, such as thunderbird trying *very* hard to look
> and
> > act more and more like Lookout, er, Outlook, and I *LOATHE* the latest
> > versions of Outlook.
> Sorry, but Outlook 2003 and 2007 are huge improvements over earlier
> versions - and lacking tight integration between messaging and
> calendar/scheduling has been one of the places where free software
> really missed the boat.
> And remember that firefox/openoffice are rare exceptions in RHEL/Centos
> in that they have had major-version updates since the distro release,
> even though they still are far behind 'current' now.  The rest of the
> distro is much older and doesn't do much of what people do with desktops
> today (subscribing to podcasts, media playing, serving media to other
> devices, etc.).

so, in the end, i believe we all agree that the distro choice depends on the
user needs .
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