TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:RE: And more on open source... From:"Sean Wheller" <swheller -at- bigpond -dot- net -dot- au> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Mon, 24 Feb 2003 21:06:46 +1100
Andrew! On the whole I do agree with you; for once. :-)
I think that the Open Source movement is aware of the problems you mention
hence alliances such as United Linux (http://www.unitedlinux.com/). It still
has some way to go, but already I do feel the benefits.
Also in the desktop area, where KDE and GNOME are moving closer together.
You are quite correct about having to struggle with getting things working.
I have done this many times. Though it does not bother me as much as it
would some people. I think the reason stems from having a technical
background. I still like to fiddle and tweak, test and fail, until finally
it works. It gives me a great sense of achievement (small things for small
minds I guess), I feel I have learnt something new while staying in touch. I
also like to chance the bleeding-edge and regularly find myself as an early
adopter. Being knee deep in computer parts and code gives me a warm squishy
feeling between my toes (no, I don't have a foot fetish).
I used to enjoy fixing Windows problems. Then one day the problems became
less and less. Until the only ones left were boring. Then, in search of new
adventure I tried OS/2 and the Linux. What can I say. Now I have the
problems and an increase in productivity. Madness, I don't try to
This said, I really do think that the KDE and GNOME desktops have advanced
to such an extent that they compare very well with most applications running
on Windows. I will confess that Windows still does some things better.
However, when you consider that majority of users rarely use more that email
and a word processor, I wonder why they can't use Linux.
Chow for now,
swheller -at- bigpond -dot- net -dot- au
LAST CHANCE for this steal of a deal! Purchase RoboHelp X3 by February 28
and receive $100 mail-in rebate and FREE WebHelp Merge Module ($339 value)!
RoboHelp, the Industry Standard in Help Authoring, has won over 55 industry
awards. For more information please visit: http://www.ehelp.com/techwr-l2.
"RoboHelp X3 is simply remarkable." - George Bell, Techno-Vision Systems
You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as:
archive -at- raycomm -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit http://www.raycomm.com/techwhirl/ for more resources and info.