On Sunday 13 September 2009 09:43:00 Dotan Cohen wrote: > > When talking with someone a few days ago, I had a moment of Serendipity > > (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serendipity ). Why don't we do a > > "Welcome-to- FOSS" (Free and Open Source Software) this year instead of > > "Welcome-to-Linux"? We could show people some cool stuff about FOSS in > > both Linux and Windows: > > I think that this is a great idea, in fact I often introduce new users > to Firefox and occasionally to Open Office as well.
> > > 1. Cross-platform (or even Windows-only) User-oriented FOSS - Firefox, > > OpenOffice.org, Inkscape, VirtualBox, GIMP, 7-zip, Notepad++, Audacity, > > various FOSS games, other stuff here - > > http://wiki.perl.org.il/index.php/FOSS_on_Windows and here - > > http://www.opensourcewindows.org/ > > This is a great idea. I must state, however, that in contrast to other > FOSS applications (such as Firefox, Audacity, and Thunderbird), > introductions to Open Office and Gimp should start with their > drawbacks (OOo-MSO compatibility issues, Gimp UI different than > Photojopa). Once users convince themselves that they can live with the > drawbacks, they are then ready to accept the benefits. Firefox, > Thunderbird, and Audacity do not suffer from serious drawbacks so this > is not really an issue with them. >
Yes, indeed. I also found Inkscape to be relatively complete and intuitive, even for me who was used to Corel-Draw. Last time I checked, Corel-Draw didn't support partial opacity (= "alpha") very well, which Inkscape does very well. I haven't worked with Adobe Illustrator, or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macromedia_FreeHand , so I can't compare it to them.
Dia also has some drawbacks like missing features, or a relatively clunky UI.
> > 2. Open Source Development with a focus on rapid > > scripts/GUI-programs/etc. development using > > Perl/Python/Ruby/etc.[ScriptLang] > > > > 3. "Don't be afraid of the command line." - why the UNIX command line can > > be useful. > > No! This should _never_ be in an introduction to anything! _You_ find > it comfortable, others find it scary. Don't tread here.
Yes you're right. ("Bad Shlomi! No cookie!"). Anyway, we may delay such a presentation presenting command line opossumness to shortly after the series. (a la Haifux' "Staying in Linux").