Hello Awesome Readers,
Thanks for taking the time to read about our sites philosophy. We hope help you understand where we are coming from as a team. We aren't trying to be a Linux zealot site. The Team here at LinuxInstall.Net believe that Linux may not be the best choice for all situations or for all people. My 80+ year old Grandfather, for instance, asked me how he could keep his computer(translate to web browser) locked to one site on the internet. He didn't understand why that would be a bad thing. So he is probably going to be really frustrated when he runs up against any of the lesser polished bits you sometimes encountered in the Linux World. So we wouldn't recommend it for him.
Our focus with this site is to explain where Linux works best. At the same time we want to keep you up to date with how it is progressing in the areas where it has opprotunities for improvement. I worked in high school for the company with the golden arches and a tremendous focus on customer service. They drilled into us that it took 10 exceptional experiences to off set just one mistake or bad customer service experience. Unfortunately because Linux was a cool IT Buzz word in some companies it will be years before Linux can dig itself out of it's PR nightmare. When people don't understand when to use and when to stay away from Linux bad things happen to good software. I have seen it get a bad reputation in the Non-IT world because it is precieved as hard to use and not ready for prime time. To be sure there are plenty of places in the overall Technology World where Linux isn't a fit yet. That yet though is part of what makes using it so much fun. That yet doesn't mean it will never be either. It just means that the fine developers in the Linux community haven't had a need or don't see an easy way to compete with the tools that already exist. Linux is founded on a scratch your own itch foundation. With that come both quantem leaps forward and what seem to be obvious short falls. Linux is a tool like any other. Used properly with the correct planning it can exceed your expactations.
I have watched Linux come a long way in the last 15 years. I have seen Installs which took me weeks to get working mature to the point now that it takes less than an hour. The advent of Live CD's, CD's you can get a taste of Linux without ever actually install the software onto your computer. We hope that we can show you through articles we link to, How-To Videos, and Podcasts how to decide for yourself whether Linux is a fit for your need.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. We hope to foster a community that will enjoy learning new things from each other. We will do our best to make sure that everyone who is taking part in the community is treated with respect. We look forward to your feedback and constructive critism.
Thanks Again for Your Time,
Brian "Wags" Wagner