[ILUG-BOM] Re: Seek advice to quit Windows

Manoj Srivastava srivasta@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Sat Jan 20 23:22:03 IST 2007

On Sat, 20 Jan 2007 22:14:42 +0530, Rony
<ronbillypop at yahoo.co.uk> said:  

> Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>> On Sat, 20 Jan 2007 19:06:02 +0530, Rony
>> <ronbillypop at yahoo.co.uk> said:
>>> So in the era of ever evolving graphics, we empower the people
>>> with command line linux.
>> You might have meant this as sarcasm, but I do find that for
>> productivity I tend to eschew the gui. The kinds of things that I
>> can do with a simple shell script -- or a find/grep feeding a loop
>> -- would take *hours* and *hours* to do in the pointing, clicking
>> straitjacket of a pure gui.
>> Of course, this is a digression from the installer bug, and for
>> that, may I ask if an installation report has been submitted so
>> that the issue gets fixed?
> Debian is supposed to be the pillar, the foundation of Linux. It
> should not have installation bugs.

        You have a mistaken impression of Debian. It is not written by
 the immortals, and given to the masses as some kind of divine
 donation.  Mistakes happen.

> I can understand advanced bugs that could not have been noticed
> before, but not simple ones. From what I have heard about Debian, a
> contributor is not accepted officially till atleast 5 or more years,

        That is untrue. Where are you getting these, uum, simplisticly
 improbable, stories from? (while the new maintainer process is
 lengthy, I have known people to make it in in about a month). 

> in order to ensure that what is contributed is of the highest
> quality level. Debian does not release its distros as often as
> Ubuntu, in order to ensure more stability. A Debian distro should
> work out of the box without any setup issues.

        You have a very unrealistic idea of quality of software in
 general -- there is no last bug. There is never any non toy bug free
 software. And if the bug was not reported, it is not going to get
 fixed -- which means you are not doing your part in the process.

        The Debian distribution is meant to be a community effort, and
 definitely not designed for the so called non-contributing paying
 customer. (Ask me about the my dining philosophers epiphany if you
 find the goals and motivations of free software contributors like
 myself of interest)

You can't take damsel here now.
Manoj Srivastava <srivasta at acm.org> <http://www.golden-gryphon.com/>
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