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Re: [Computerbank] the special case of Tassie


Don't worry Terry Computerbank will never move to Microsoft our Statement
of Purpose and our commitment to Freesoftware wouldn't allow it.

Sometimes it's hard for those outside the faith to understand why we are
all so passionate about our cause.

Most of them have a good heart and believe in the other side of our work,
to give away com[puters to disadvantaged individuals and groups.

so keep the faith

CAI Secretay and Moose 

On Sat, 5 Jan 2002, Terry Collins wrote:

> Bruce McCubbery wrote:
> ..snip....
> > Your advice is gratuitous, ignorant and offensive.
> If you don't want the feedback, then don't post the comment.
> Linux is just an operating system.
> The critical point is that Computerbank was sold to me as worthwhile
> supporting because it uses only Linux to re-use computers. If it is
> going to change, then I'm out. I've said it before and I'll say it
> again.
> I've had 10+ years in MS User Groups and they are bad - increasing
> dependence and little willingness to self learn and help themselves -
> little mutual effort. I've also had 7+ years in LUGs and the contrast is
> remarkable (lots of willingness to learn and help).
> ...snip....
> > Creating country branches of Computerbank in places too far from a capital
> > city can be done, if only that discover-a-local-Linux-expert problem is
> > solved.
> As has been previously said, you really need a LUG/group of Linux
> enthusiasts. One person can become over worked, unless that person is
> just a mentor for other people to learn Linux, then it will work and
> Computerbank will have long term success. 
> The "local linux expert" is really a magic pill approach and the problem
> is that if the magic pill can not be found, then you don't do anything.
> But there are other solutions.
> More realistically, people are just going to have to learn Linux. So
> long as they are making an effort, there are plenty of LUG lists
> throughout the world that will help them with any problems. The first
> time can be frustrating, but it gets easier with experience.
> It all just takes time.
> -- 
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