Where Do YE Send Netbook Users Fer Help?
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As a Linux evangelist, I find myself in an interestin' quandary. Thar be many new netbooks bein' sold wi' Linux pre-installed, but often th' way Linux be installed be nay what I’m used t' seein'. I’m nay sure if that’s a good thin' or a bad thin'. I understand th' reasonin' fer custom interfaces, but 't has some disadvantages. Love 't or hate 't, as a Linux community we be havin' t' be able t' handle these things gracefully, or we lose all th' potential impact we gain wi' pre-installed Linux.
Why Companies Customize th' GUI
* Netbooks be tryin' t' fill a specific gap between notebook computers an' handheld devices. A simple interface t' access full programs makes sense.
* Wi' a standard “Start” menu, new users might assume they could install anythin' they download from th' Internet... fer Windows
* Fewer software options means fewer technical support issues
* An' lastly, Linux makes 't easy t' customize, so 't’s temptin' t' do so strictly fer brand recognition
Why This Frustrates Linux Geeks
I can only speak fer myself on this matter, but I can imagine many o' us feel th' same way. When a user asks a question about th' Eee version o' Xandros, or th' Aspire version o' Linpus -- th' question almost becomes unique t' that machine as opposed t' a general Linux question. Sure, th' Eee uses a customized version o' Xandros, which be based on Debian, but once 't’s gone through them revision levels, most issues be Eee Xandros specific.
I often struggle when helpin' users o' these new netbooks, on accoun' o' e'en tho 't’s Linux, 't’s still foreign t' me. Aye, I usually manage t' point swabbies in th' starboard direction, but 't turns ou' t' me more challengin' than questions regardin' standard, common distributions. How does th' wireless tray app work in Ubuntu? I gotcha covered. In Fedora? Same deal. In Xandros EeePC? Well, 't’s a weird combination o' 2 applications that both sit in th' task bar. 't’s almost familiar, but nay quite.
Don’t get me wrong -- I’m happy vendors be pre-installin' Linux. I’m nay e'en angry that th' versions be highly customized. 't jus' takes more learnin' on th' part o' Linux geeks that get asked support questions. I’m curious, how do th' Linux Journal readers feel about th' new GUI interfaces on Linux netbooks? Be they a wise move by vendors, or be th' straight up Linux installs wi' Gnome or KDE a better decision?
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One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
Cron traditionally has been considered another such a tool for job scheduling, but is it enough? This webinar considers that very question. The first part builds on a previous Geek Guide, Beyond Cron, and briefly describes how to know when it might be time to consider upgrading your job scheduling infrastructure. The second part presents an actual planning and implementation framework.
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