ethan.dicks at gmail.com
Wed Jun 10 13:38:26 CDT 2009
On Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 11:55 AM, Dave McGuire<mcguire at neurotica.com> wrote:
> This attitude is common...
> ... the only
> thing they see in for sale in WalMart is PCs running Windows. Do these
> people really believe PCs running Windows process their bank transactions,
> maintain hospital databases, or run railroads?
Common indeed - an example from just this week: I was volunteering at
FreeGeek Columbus, sifting through a pile of donated 2U servers, when
one of the other volunteers _who uses Linux_ asked me what they were
(because he honestly didn't recognize a boxy slab as a computer).
Upon hearing the answer, he asked what a server does and where you'd
use one. It's a bit tough to explain to someone the difference
between a rackable server-class machine and a desktop machine when
there's little common conceptual ground or vocabulary. I don't know
how much of I was saying was starting to make sense because the last
question was, "I'm thinking of starting a business with some friends.
Do we need a server?"
Besides the cop-out answer of "probably, at some point", I really
didn't have a good answer for him. It's a good thing I'm not in
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