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Req. for views ... Win3x-95 vs LinUX
Received the message forwarded below from Roger, one of SEUL's main
hackers. Thought it could be interesting to read some of your
For the coming year, I would like to remind that SEG participants
_are expected_ to be active. We will not move forwards if SEG's a
passive group. Do we need a US Marine Sargent in here ? :-)
Forwarded message follows:
From: Roger R Dingledine <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: SEUL: What's wrong with Windows and right with Linux?
One of the most important jobs of the SEUL project is to provide
convincing evidence and arguments for why each user should make the
change from using Windows to using Linux. We cannot simply produce
better software -- we're already doing that (Redhat has links on
their webpage to several news articles stating that Hurricane is
easier to install and configure than NT).
There are a lot of people out there who have heard of Linux, but
don't use it because Windows is 'sufficient' for them, or because
they don't actually believe that Linux could be as good as people
claim. We need to develop a series of pages on our website that
describe in detail why Windows is insufficient, and why people
should accept Linux as *the* alternative.
We'd like to find a couple people from seul-project, seul-seg, or
elsewhere to head the project of gathering information on what
people don't like about Windows and why they should switch to Linux.
These volunteers would discuss the issues among themselves, and ask
people in the seul-project list and the SEG. Once they have
adequate input, they will draft some pages and put them up for
review, gather review comments, revise, repeat.
Some pages like this already exist -- Omega pointed me towards
www.annoyances.org. I think the key to this effort is that we want
to be very serious and respectful towards Windows and its users --
nearly all of the people I've talked to who are Windows fans are
turned off by Linux people because we mock the OS that they've
chosen (though it's been argued that Microsoft's advertising doesn't
leave much of a "choice" to end-users). We don't want anything as
offensive as a "windoze sucks because" list (though a "linux rocks
because" list might be useful). An enumeration of the flaws of
Windows is almost inevitable on a page like this, but my point is
that we need to make it well-thoughtout and written in an
explanatory rather than inflammatory manner.
If you would like to volunteer to coordinate or help coordinate this
part of the project please send mail to omega (email@example.com) or
myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) (preferably both). We also should compile
some sort of comprehensive list of other pages that are out there
that try to serve this purpose. This is, after all, one of the main
goals of the SEUL project -- to have a thorough set of effective
propaganda in favor of the use of Linux over Windows.
I may also post a similar message to linux.advocacy at some point,
to get a lot more people involved...
- --Roger, for seul-leaders
Some links that appear on first glance to be useful for this task:
In other news, Omega and I are working on getting the administration
programs working nicely. Then we'll update the web page, finish the
FAQ, and 'go public' sometime early January. 'Go public' is defined
as sending mail to redhat-announce (is there a similar
debian-announce list that serves the same purpose?), posting to
c.o.l.a, sending mail to the 'linux advocacy' group and others
(Linux Journal/Gazette?), etc. I'd like to get in everybody's "list
of linux links".
We'll want to have some good documentation started for many
different aspects of the SEUL project by that point. Specifically,
the big points are the FAQ, the web page, and the various
announcements that we'll send to each place. Are there any
advertising/publicity/writing specialists out there that want to
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