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Re: [gNewSense-users] some ideas (about opening files)

From: MJ Ray
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] some ideas (about opening files)
Date: Mon, 06 Nov 2006 12:27:58 +0000
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address@hidden wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 06, 2006 at 09:12:32AM +0000, MJ Ray wrote:
> > That does not always mean 
> > that one is better than the other - they may just do things in different 
> > ways and it may frustrate users who knew the legacy proprietary package 
> > when they have to relearn.
> Arguments about the pandering of non-free software use the reason 
> "But what about the users ? Why won't anybody think of the users ?" far too 
> often.

People with weak arguments build straw men like "won't anyone please 
think of the children^Wusers?" far too often.  Please don't do it.

> Learning can be frustrating at times, but if someone is not willing to make 
> that effort
> there may be other distributions better suited for that person.

Is this clear enough?: it is not that relearning is frustrating, but 
that unexpected relearning is frustrating.  A list of non-free-software 
with free software "equivalents" will probably create a false 
expectation that no learning will be needed if you knew the legacy 
software listed.  I have tried it a few times in the past and now think 
it should be avoided.  Please, learn from my mistakes.

Hope that explains,
MJ Ray - see/vidu
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