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Re: Who's the Fedora user?



Jef,

FYI I hope you are as much of a lunatic in real life as you are on IRC.

On Wed, 2005-08-24 at 16:27 -0400, Jeff Spaleta wrote:
> On 8/24/05, Stuart Ellis <stuart elsn org> wrote:
> > I think this is a model worth looking at - CodeWeavers' "Truth in
> > Advertising: Real Dirt":
> > 
> > http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxoffice/truth_in_advertising/the_real_dirt/
> > 
> > They say straight out in a simple language "What works well" *and* "What
> > sort of works" and "What doesn't work"
> 
> I like the differentiation of tangible and intangible benefits as well
> as the split between instant benefits and long term benefits on the
> url.  For me, and thus I would assume for other techno-socio-liberal
> geeks, a lot of the decision making as to when and if to jump to linux
> ends up weighing some of the grander intangibles concerning long-term
> equitable access to digital information heavily. As a result I am
> willing to make the dauntingly large sacrifice of no longer being able
> to play my dusty old copy of X-wing verses Tie-fighter or The
> Incredible Machine.
> 
> I drank the Kool-aid, there is no going back for me, I'm quite sure I
> look like a raving lunatic to most people.  My wife on the other hand,
> uses a computer much more pragmatically. We negotiated a dual-boot
> arrangement.  The machine stays booted into Fedora most of the time.
> She boots into windows to play a few freebie games (though I've
> introduced her to wesnoth so thats probably going to change), work
> with sheet music composition software (the primary reason why a dual
> boot was needed.. i couldn't find anything adequate as an open source
> project in this area, I think she's using a cut-down version of
> Finale), listening to the 30-second clips in itunes pretending she's
> going to actually purchase something from the store, and on occasion
> do some photo editting with Picasa (if only Google cranked out useful
> cross-platform applications). As for the applications she's using the
> most right now on linux (determined by what is on her screen everytime
> i pass her computer), the obvious email and web browsing dominate like
> 90% of her computer usage.  Beside that, leading applications include
> gourmet, alexandria, gnucash and openoffice followed by gweled. She'd
> probably be doing more photo organizing in either operating system if
> I didn't have a gallery solution up and running. We are in fact
> talking about doing something different in terms of archiving photos
> since the space photos are taking up is now a significant amount of
> space.
> 
> But she clearly has an advantage compared to other typical computer
> users because she has a stark raving lunatic linux nut to ask when she
> needs to do something new and needs to find an application that works.
> Actually she has more than that, I'm proactively telling her about
> 'cool' new projects that I think might interest her. How do we expose
> that to the general userbase at large? Can we collect 'personal
> interests' and as things get added to Extras we fire off emails to
> users who's personal interests overlap with the focus of the new
> application package?
> 
> -jef 
> -jef
> 
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Bob Jensen
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