On April 5, 2005 02:28 pm, quoth Ciaran McCreesh:
> On Tue, 05 Apr 2005 17:22:52 -0400 "Robert G. Hays"
> <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> | People don't *want* to learn computers (making the training that much
> | harder & slower), and, truthfully, they shouldn't *Need* to, beyond
> | the  *Very* basics.
> That might be the case if they're running Ubuntu or Linspire. This is
> Gentoo. Our target userbase is people who have at least a fair idea of
> what they're doing and have no objection to learning more.

But what's wrong with tools to make things easier if they don't impair the 
performance of the system?  Why not have a nice simple X-configurator that 
does the job of the SuSE or mandrake equivalents?  You could even unmerge it 
when you finish with it if you want, or you could write a replacement 
xorg.conf in emacs or vim when you get more time.

I built a gentoo system in an unused partition when I was using SuSE, but I 
delayed switching over for two months because there were one or two things I 
just couldn't get working.  Granted, the reason I wanted to switch was that I 
did find SuSE quite inflexible.  However the lack of user-friendly 
configuration tools doesn't make Gentoo flexible.  It just makes it 
difficult.  Exclusive.  No point saying that OSS is democratic if there is 
actually a part of us that wishes the Great Unwashed (Great Washed?) would 
stay out of our ivory computer lab. 

For the most part, Gentoo is very straightforward to set up if you have the 
patience to follow the howtos step-by-step.  However some things can still be 
damned hard, configuring X being one of them.  Why not be more open to 
solutions to these problems?

Robert Persson

"No matter how much ye shake yer peg
The last wee drap rins doon yer leg."
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