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Stupid Dell [Jun. 20th, 2001|05:39 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Looking through Dell's download area, I noticed that this config file is for "Linux 7.0 (IA-32)". Well, schucks.... I only have Linux 2.4.5. I guess I can't use it. :-P
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[User Picture]From: erik
2001-06-20 06:16 pm (UTC)
It says RedHat 7.0 higher up... maybe they just didn't want to be redundant? I don't know.
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-06-20 06:35 pm (UTC)
They say Redhat 7.0 at the top, but in the middle of the page they mistakenly say Linux 7.0. The kernel (Linux) is only at version 2.4.5. Redhat (the distribution) is at 7.1 or whatever now.

Windows people don't get the difference between kernels and distributions being separate.
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[User Picture]From: erik
2001-06-20 06:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm aware of the difference between the dist and the kernel...

It's probably just another case of companies assuming their customers are stupid. They assume a person wouldn't have the faintest idea what the kernel is ("isn't that, like, popcorn, or something?"), so they just generalize to the word "Linux" and assume people will think of the pretty boxes they see when they go to CompUSA.
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[User Picture]From: solace
2001-06-20 06:47 pm (UTC)
heh, just like people kept saying "i have linux 7.5" when they actually had mandrake 7. for some stupid rason they labeled it as "7.5", i never figured out that stupid one.

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[User Picture]From: pixiepoof
2001-06-20 06:57 pm (UTC)
It would behoove RedHat (and the other companies) to dumb things down so that total idiots and lame bosses will take to Linux distros the way they currently subscribe to the Microsoft bullshit. If you could somehow convince the tech-journal-reading beancounters that this Linux thing isn't just a phase, they might give it consideration. Ford (used to contract to them) wouldn't consider it because of zero accountability. What if a box crashes and they lose a hour's worth of financial records or some such Earth-stopping catastrophe? Who are they going to be able to sue or blame? Once that question is answered, I believe major corporations will start to take Linux and GNU seriously. That has nothing to do with my original comment, but hey.. I digress.
By the way, it REALLY pisses me off when an alleged "authority" makes mistakes like that. Grr.
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[User Picture]From: dormando
2001-06-20 07:37 pm (UTC)
Dell completely lost me when they...
A) Sent me 25 disks of windows device drivers with my redhat loaded PowerEdge 2400, but no linux disks.
B) Gave me word documents as manuals for the RPM upgrades to some drivers and the custom kernel on the PowerEdge
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