[clug] Wanna hold an installfest?
martin at meltin.net
Tue Aug 5 09:26:02 EST 2003
>>>>> "George" == George Selwyn Bills <u2564793 at anu.edu.au> writes:
>> "please backup your system before bringing it, cause we might
>> delete stuff accidentally"
George> You might also want to give a little bit of info on what
George> learning /installing a new OS entails so that you lessen
George> the "culture shock" and also so that people wont assume
George> "might delete stuff accidentaly" means "don't know what
George> they're doing." Not so scary a warning that people balk
George> with fear, but also you want to avoid anyone who may not
George> realise that Linux "wont let them do MS Office." Having a
George> few blank CD's on hand at low prices to backup a persons
George> documents with could be good too.
George> (Not mp3s / videos etecetera as that would be a waste of
George> your time - just stuff like emails / letters, personal
I suggest you/we don't go there:
* As soon as you start talking about helping people back things up it
sounds like you're willing to take some responsibility.
* You're going to ask someone who is excited/scared about having a
stranger do major things to their machine to identify all of the
things on their disk that are important to them? Or are you going
to do that identification for them? :-)
* What happens if you burn a coaster?
I think that people should be told:
Backup any important data on your system before you bring it to the
installfest. You should expect to lose all data on your hard disk,
although we will do our best to avoid this extremely rare
Better to issue a scary warning and have some people balk than:
* Damage Linux's reputation by making people feel comfortable and then
letting Linux be the bogeyman that destroys systems.
* Having people hunt you down and throw bricks through your windows
We live in scary times...
peace & happiness,
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