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Hi :)
Ken, don't worry i can criticise various Gnu&Linux for their unclear instructions too.  There are a 
lot i haven't tried so i can't comment on them.  

Ubuntu is the one i am most familiar with and the easiest one for me to pick holes in.  However it 
is more familiar with dealing with noob normal users trying to install it so there are a whole heap 
of things it does a LOT better than the Win7.  

Win7 tends to assume that you are a trained IT professional that is intimately familiar with MS 
systems.  For example, not ejecting the Cd and leaving it ambiguous.  Ubuntu and all the other 
Gnu&Linuxes i have tried eject the Cd during shut-down and halt saying "please press enter once you 
have removed the Cd".  That leaves no question marks about whether it expects you to leave the Cd 
in the machine.  While Ubuntu and the rest each have their little niggling gaps in the way they 
handle odd little bits&bobs the Win7 installer has gaping chasms.  if machines came without any OS 
and you had to start out by installing one from scratch yourself then Windows would be so rare that 
you would almost never see or hear of it.  

The best system i ever tried (as far as installing goes and perhaps more too) was Wolvix which 
managed to explain in simple but not patronising terms, as though we were both Klingon Warriors 
dealing with all the Pah'tahks togther.  It's immensely difficult to get that balance right but 
Wolven and Oithona did an awesome job.  Annoyingly, Wolven's wife gave birth and the OS dropped off 
his list of priorities.  

Regards from 
Tom :)  

From: Ken Springer <>
Sent: Thursday, 8 August 2013, 3:44
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Re: Installing Win7

Hi, Tom,

I was going to give you a hard time about some of the stuff you wrote, 
but to quote it was going to take more editing time than I have.

On 8/7/13 11:35 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
I get really hacked off when people tell me this is easier than installing any Gnu&Linux distro.
It's as though they had never actually tried either to compare&contrast.

You sound like the MS Office user who switches to LO and then complains 
it doesn't work the same.    LOL

It's all in what you are familiar with.  I have no problems dealing with 
Windows installs, I'm used to them.  But you should have seen me with 
this Mac when I first got it.  I was expecting it to work like Windows. 
  Once I decided to learn how the Mac worked rather than assume it 
should/would work like Windows, I didn't have any problems.

But, as of now, I can't do crap with any Linux except run a Live CD.  So 
instead of complaining that it doesn't work like Windows or OS X, I'm 
going to go learn how it works first.


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