Because the installer doesn't install inxi, which people on this forum use to troubleshoot grouchy wireless.
Well really that's just a reason to give up on Mint 9 Fluxbox. I'm trying to hang on though.
I made the switch to Linux, not from Windows, but from DOS in the mid-90's when someone gave me a copy of Linux. Somehow I've never found the spare cash to buy Windows. My transition from DOS was fairly natural once I learned new names for familiar actions (ls, man, etc etc).
But far too often I try a distro of Linux and give up on it very quickly. Rarely the culprit is an ugly desktop or something counterintuitive/uncomfortable about the interface (in particular, I really like things to be easy to find. REALLY easy to find. Like icons sitting on the desktop easy to find. I can always hide clutter later). Most often the culprit is either (a) I can't access something or (b) something in the installation process needs pampering in order to work.
A few clear examples:
- The Ubuntu 5.something for which I couldn't figure out the root password
- Install CD's which use the internet during the initial installation (I haven't seen these in a while)
- The installation which couldn't read my old filesystem (I've forgotten which distro committed this grievous sin)
- Several installations which required me to go on a puzzle solving adventure to use my legacy modem. Not everyone has broadband access, folks.
- And the pearl of this tale is final death knell for the free copy of Windblows I ran on my laptop for a couple years: first it borked up the driver for my wifi card somehow, then it decided that my modem driver was a virus. It's now running Mint.
I still don't understand the Windows registry at all. And Windows' various commandline interfaces feel about as safe as an atom bomb when I venture into them. I'm always scared I might break something in there. Linux' command language is rewardingly straightforward, flexible, tolerant - BUT I expect someone who grew up toe to toe with Windows' commandline would be pretty scared of learning another command language (and maybe breaking something). Or someone who can't understand what s/he sees over the shoulder of whomever fixes their broken Windows, might quite reasonably be petrified at the prospect of doing Linux' equivalent work theirself. It makes sense.
How do I think we can approach such users? Icons. On the desktop, with names that say what they do in the same clear language we're already using. For example, if Chestnut hadn't been labelled "Dialer" on the menu, I would probably have never tried it. ( Chestnut is a bad example anyway: in the current Mint 9 Fluxbox, Chestnut is positively worthless