93jam wrote:The news team is the stupidest ones in this whole story. They make ubuntu look like trash. This girl is stupid for two reasons: 1. She didn't realize to begin with that the laptop came with ubuntu. 2. She couldn't figure out how to do anything with it after it arrived. So apparently every little time I have a issue with Vista screwing up, I should just call the news and they will do a write up on why vista sucks? I think that news station was paid off by M$.
So do many others in the various forums I frequent that ran this article. I disagree. They are just one of those "feel good" super crusader reporting teams that try to find people having problems and helping out, not a bad thing in and of itself. But a line should have been drawn here. It was this woman's mistake from the start and it really was not worthy of attention. Go help some people without food or without heat. I cannot feel bad that this woman did not read what she was buying. Hey, I live in Florida, I have some prime land to sell her!
Like they say, a sucker is born every minute. What is even scarier is this woman is pursuing higher education. Surely a college level student is capable of working through the problems she had? Then, to top things off, the reporter of the piece edited his stories more than once. Instead of just accepting that he had made a mistake he wrote a final cry in your beer piece defending his story.
Whatever, it is over. I think if anything it actually helped Linux out in the long run. Maybe Dell will clarify what they are selling a bit better also. Hopefully this woman learned a lesson or two, make sure you know what you are buying and when you find out it is not what you need grow a backbone and do not let the salesman talk you into keeping what you do not want. Lastly, I use this story to prove my stance that Linux is not for everyone. This woman needs to be using Windows. She is helpless and would be nothing but trouble for the Linux community. Even if she figures out how to use ubuntu on an open the app and save basis, what will she do in a year or two when the release is EOL? What happens every time she decides she needs a scanner or a new printer? Is she capable of learning Linux? Sure she is. But something tells me it is not something she will do. Better they had just replaced her OS with Vista and Office.