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Re: The end of a dream

Dear Jean,

I've lurked on your list for a while because I agreed with your ideals: most
Linux distributions is that are still too hard for the ordinary user to use.

The problem is that changing that, and making installation and applications
"intuitive," requires more effort than any few individuals can give. Of
necessity, the distribution we all dream of would have had to be tested on
thousands of naive users, and their feedback integrated back into the
development process by hundreds of (expensive, if it's their day job) UI
specialists and programmers.

I'd love to see such an organisation, releasing its output under GPL, but I
don't know how it's going to happen. Well, if it ever comes to pass, I'm
sure you're one of the first guys to be hired.

Courage, mon brave.


> I stop Independence.  I noticed that nobody
> else had tested the software I had put for download and that
> after release there would be nobody for trying to speak about
> it and it ideals.  I cannot do this while trying to improve
> Indy.  Thus I stop.
> I still believe something like Indy is needed because for one
> side we have free distros who don't care for the "unwashed
> masses" and for another side we hacve commercail distros who
> in those times of CD burners and ADSL lose lots of money selling
> boxes and try to recoup with support.  But support is bought for
> mission critical applications (read servers) in companies, not
> by private individuals.  And that means commercial distros will
> not make a push for the common user in the foreseeable future.
> That is why I dreamed in a distro made by people willing to take
> charge and do something for other users.  But it was a dream.

Douglas Carnall

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