Re: Linux RMS - headed for digital dustbin?


One more comment and I will stop.


I consider myself reasonably smart and open to new ideas and new skills.  I also am educated but no science beyond freshman college level and no engineering or computer programming.


Like many other things, computer programming requires practice and repetitive use before you become fluent.  It is comparable to learning a new language, learning to type or learning morse code.   Most of those things are easier to pick up when you are young. 


In short, it is not that we in the 80% are less smart or capable, we were just not trained in your language.


People trained in computer language have useful skills and they are capable of applying those skills to do useful things for our community.  If you expect us to be able to use your creative product, you either need to be there for us to set it up and operate it, or you have to put it in a language we understand so we can do it ourselves.


Most of us in this country speak English.  If you write your stuff up in another language, most of us will never be able to use it.    You are never going be able to get us to learn your language. 


It is not that we are stupid, we just have other things going on in our lives.








From: <> On Behalf Of Richard - VE7CVS
Sent: Thursday, October 4, 2018 9:27 PM
Subject: Re: [nw-digital-radio] Linux RMS - headed for digital dustbin?


This is the typical issue that you run into - "Oh, we found something that works for 80% of the users (i.e., Windows), everyone else will have to use this too because it's too difficult for us to try and support the 'marginal' OSes like Mac and Linux".

Really, the only way that you can counter this is with software that supports all of the platforms. And, realise that those 80% base Windows users are mostly not tech-savvy, so saying "Oh, just install Cygwin and use this package" is not going to fly. You have to provide a Windows app and full support for that 80%.

I'm not trying to be snide - just realistic. Many apps exist for Windows that are fully supported in Windows, but have no support for other OSes. It's really hard to suggest alternatives that work for those Windows users who need more detailed tech support than a typical Linux user.

Remember this hobby has a large range of people who have very differing levels of tech expertise. :-)

(I taught ham radio to a group of people who ranged from those who had less than full high school level math to a BSC in Physics - "tune to your audience" - that was a *very* wide band transmission! ;-) - Oh, and very enlightening!

- Richard

On 10/04/2018 07:59 PM, Randy Neals wrote:

Hi George,

That is generally true that the original forms, in their paper or PDF distributions are government created.
Form handling within Winlink - the ability to send the data, but not the form itself is only supported in Winlink express and as Basil noted, not documented.





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