I always laugh when I listen to politicians pontificate about how everything in their party is perfect, and those in the party opposing...well, according to them, they pretty much suck.
No really...it does bring me a laugh when I hear one politician, speaking of an opposing party member.
"My esteemed colleague from across the Aisle..."
"My well-meaning opponent and friend is mistaken..."
When what they would like to say is:
"That pay-to-play shyster who opposes me is a..."
"If Senator Slashmeister spent more time at roll call and less wearing his wifes...
Well, you get the idea. No one says what they mean when countering or responding to an argument within the same environment. It's all smiles and back-slaps until one does turn their back...
So when I say that I want to address something my "esteemed Colleague" Dietrich Schmitz published earlier, I do mean I hold Dietrich in the highest of regard. My respect for him is great. And while he may have made some good points, regarding "The Linux Desktop Mess".....there's more to the story.
A lot more.
See, many of us have taken on the task of introducing others to Desktop Linux.
And while we do a great job for the most part, our follow through isn't the best. Introducing Linux to someone is just the first step. It took me almost 5 months to clean up the damage I did by handing out Linux Live CD's and just walking away, wishing them the best of luck in the process.
No, the introduction is easy. It's helping them understand what they are doing that's tough and more time consuming than many of us are willing to pledge. It goes from being the introducer to being an Advocate. Indulge me just for a minute here:
A good car salesman is going to ask you those questions. The last thing he wants in an unhappy customer.
But it never happened. Little did we know that the powers that be had different plans for Ubuntu.
-- Ken Starks