[linux-elitists] Linux Journal needs distribution reviewers.
Fri Aug 25 17:39:54 PDT 2000
> ----- Forwarded message from Don Marti <firstname.lastname@example.org> -----
> Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2000 13:00:02 -0700
> From: Don Marti <email@example.com>
> Subject: LJ needs distribution reviews
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Attention Linux Journal contributors:
> Some former hash dealers in Uzbekistan shoplifted a copy of Red Hat, put
> their name in, added a new version of Freecell, designed a T-shirt, and
> sat back to enjoy a well-deserved smoke. Congratulations, people, you're
> in the Linux distribution business.
> End of story, right? Wrong! Somebody has to review the damn thing. Along
> with every other Linux distribution that some no-better-idea-having
> wannabe entrepreneur whomped up while we weren't looking.
> Are you prepared to write an overview of hundreds of megabytes of
> software and get brutally flamed by thousands of distribution bigots if
> you miss one tiny utility?
[descriptions of brutality trimmed]
> No more casual glances. No more bootie-kissing reviews. The great
> distribution consolidation is at hand, and we're just the people to mow
> them down and burn them like fungus-infested oats. Mow them down with
> the FACTS, that is. LJ contributors! Be ye men|women or mice? Will you
> do this savage, violent yet technotically detailed writing job? And
> make it compelling, or at least not I-put-the-cd-in-the-drive painfully
While I don't have time to go for this, my hot questions would be:
* what if you can't boot off their CD? (eg some laptops, many older
systems) are you just screwed?
* text mode curmudgeons R us. How easy is it to install a totally
* flipping the coin over - does it have the latest hot video drivers?
any commercial stuff? Did they try Xfre86 4.0 (and if so, did they
leave 3.3.6 in there so a bunch of unsupported cool cards still have
* Okay, so my mom in law is not "granny" but she is still kinda scared
of upgrading the OS on her Performa. Can a non-geek who nonetheless
figure out that it's a great idea to stop doing backups when things
get wiggy, be expected to install this without help from her ubergeek
(hey, there's a thought, maybe my mom-in-law could do reviews.)
ANyways best of luck finding some folks for this. I'll pass the word
* Heather * Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them
the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers,
and nobody thinks of complaining. -- Jeff Raskin
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