[kwlug-disc] OT: "No I will not fix your computer."

John Kerr johneddie.kerr at gmail.com
Sat Nov 2 14:04:13 EDT 2013

Hi Rashkae

Well everything that you have said confirms what we Penguinistas have been
saying about Windows' hidden costs of ownership.

I wish that I had the link to a news story about a school system in Great
Britain that saved mega bucks (pounds) by switching to Linux. Just the
relief of not having to keep track of system disks and licences alone was a
substantial savings.

I wish people would understand that it is better to pay someone like you to
do the work that they would rather not do -- like installing an operating
system. Better to pay you, a person in our local economy, up to $100.00 to
install Linux than to buy a system with Windows installed but done in some
foreign country.

Thanks or sharing


On Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 12:45 PM, Rashkae <rashkae at tigershaunt.com> wrote:

> On 13-11-01 12:17 PM, John Kerr wrote:
>> So would you agree that repairing a Linux computer would be more time
>> efficient?
>> Restoring email, browsers and data would be the same effort as in Windows
>> but at least the applications would be a breeze.
> That can depend.  Absolutely, without question, installing and updating
> Linux is *way* faster and more time efficient... Unbelievably faster.
> However, the wealth of options and customizations can be it's own trap.
>  I'm not really happy with any of the current Linux desktops as they ship,
> and at least on my own system, end up spending way more time tweaking and
> customizing to my taste.  I think it's great that Linux offers all these UI
> options, and everything works amazingly well together, considering.
>  (although, on a side rant, wtf is with the GTK guys... Every new point
> release breaks all gtk themes, so now you have to hunt for themes that were
> released specifically for the point release of gtk shipped with your
> distro?? Insanity)
> PS.  I don't charge bench time, because if I'm leaving a system
> unattended, the process can take 1 or 2 days, since I only get back to it
> opportunistically.  OTOH, I charge less for that.  If you have 3 or more
> benches, you can do multiple systems at the same time, and get better
> efficiency that way.  However, it's relatively rare that I have more than 1
> or 2 computers in 'shop' at the same time, since my service business is
> mostly mobile, not drop in.
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