[maemo-users] Newbie Windows/Python Question

From: Paul Johnson paul at pjcj.net
Date: Fri Feb 8 17:59:58 EET 2008
On Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 10:24:54PM -0800, DrFredC.com wrote:

> OOOH Boy, some secret decoder ring stuff.  Only problem, it's in secret 
> decoder ring lingo.
>     * To many folks a terminal is where you get on a train.   Or what an
>       antique command line computer monitor is called. Could you
>       possibly reduce confusion by actually selecting a common standard
>       terminal program and possible describe it's purpose?
>     * Install openssh -- why?   Where do you get this program? Does it
>       show in app manager's list of installable programs? 
>     * Create a Password?  I gather this secret decoder ring assumes
>       you've started up some program that asks for a password?  Is this
>       the terminal program, openssh?  Or what?  You know, the more one
>       tries to decipher this stuff out, the more secret decoder ring it
>       gets.
>     *  Oh, ssh... I'll be real quiet... This is supposed to do what? 
>       Get me to root at localhost...   Why not just email this root dude
>       and have Mr root clear this all up on his own?  Why does Mr root
>       need my password?  Can he steal my identity? 
>     *   Type in Sudo apt-get install <some programs>...  Uh, yeah...  Do
>       you really expect regular people with day jobs to get this far? 

  "I do not resent criticism, even when, for the sake of emphasis, it
  parts for the time with reality."

  Winston Churchill, speech in the House of Commons, January 1941

There is obviously some work still remaining in this area, and I
understand that you are playing a role here for the sake of effect, but
I'm not sure it is particularly helping your cause.

> This makes about as much sense as saying there's global warming when 
> there's record snow and cold all over the place.

It's 8 degrees (centigrade) and sunny here in Zurich.  Are you confusing
"global" with "USA" perhaps?  ;-)

> OK, sure this stuff below all makes perfect sense to folks who are part 
> of the secret decoder ring club, but to those of us outside of the Club 
> it's largely just a bunch of jibberish. And these folks wonder why Linux 
> hasn't taken over the world... 

I'm not really sure that this is a linux vs XYZ thing.

Paul Johnson - paul at pjcj.net

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