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Re: Fedora Basic End User Rollout Support Operation

On Sat, 2010-01-02 at 01:27 -0600, Bruno Wolff III wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 01, 2010 at 13:33:24 -0600,
> > 
> > The hurdle is that Linux usage is very foreign to the average consumer and
> > SMB.  Linux is an entirely different system to navigate and administrate.
> > The layout, description and deployment of applications is in whole different
> > paradigm.  Fedora has many advantages, but in its raw state it is not very
> > user friendly.  I am looking to talk to someone who knows has to create a
> > user friendly approach to Linux that can be effectively pitched to the
> > consumer and SMB market.  My business model will simply be to set-up,
> > configure systems, assist with package application selections and train this
> > market for competitive price.  Can someone point me to the right person or
> > people who are doing it or potentially have the know-how?
> I don't think you want to do this based on Fedora. The rate of change is
> very high. Have you looked at Ubuntu LTS distros to see how those would
> work for you intended market?
> Another issue for Fedora is that it doesn't provide some software (particularly
> media codecs) because of software patents. If you are talking about
> implenting this plan in the US, getting additional Fedora compatible software
> from RPM Fusion (that is blocked from Fedor abecause of software patents) is
> going to be legally risky.
Actually, I found these to be rather easy to handle when I set up my own
repositories using mrepo and each computer was installed via kickstart
which configured it to use the local repo(s) which also included some of
the then Livna (now rpmfusion) in a special repo which also included
Adobe packages.

I think the OP and I have different concept about 'raw state' and 'user
friendly' because I found that most users had no trouble with just
sitting and using Linux or rather, those that did struggle would have
struggled with Windows or Macintosh anyway.


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