Robert Dumas wrote:
After all, if people *really* want to use other players, they can get
them, right? I mean, lots of Windows users are smart enough to go online
and get Winamp instead of just using Windows Media Player (*insert
barfing noises here*), so there's no reason to assume Fedora users
couldn't do the same.
My users' greatest frustration with Linux is exactly that. Under
windows, if you want to install a new MP3 player, you go to download.com
or somewhere, find one that looks cool, download it, save it on your
desktop, double-click it and click next,next,next and it's installed.
Try doing that with Linux. It's impossible for a ton of reasons -- many
of them very good. I've talked to many of my users about this... and
they are smart people -- engineering students. What happens to them
with Linux is usually something like this...
They have a class assignment that they need to write some python code
for, so they reboot their laptop into Linux. They log on, start writing
their code, and think "Boy, Linux is really pretty cool. I'd like to
use it more but I hate this mp3 player. " They open up google and query
on "Linux MP3 Players," follow the links, download a few programs.
These are usually either rpms or source tarballs. They download the
rpms to their desktop, and then click them. It doesn't work. They
click the tars and it extracts them. They keep clicking. No amount of
mouse driven clicking will get that program installed.
The more adventurous of them manage to stumble onto some documentation
about the rpm command -- maybe someone told them about man pages, or
they look online. So they type rpm --instal <rpmfile>. What they get
back is "Foo-2.4.5 depends on bar-2.5.61."
Usually at that point they say "screw this" , finish their homework ,
and reboot into Windows as fast as possible.
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering