Wow thanks...I so rarely get to use this in a sentence....WOOOOSH! Way to not read the post there pal! Kinda miss the part where I said i didn't want to be their free admin for life? What should I do, constantly trawl forums for lists of supported hardware and hope like hell somebody doesn't drop any Lexmark printers or Broadcom wireless chips off?
The POINT was it don't take squat for time to show someone how to admin a Windows box. Lock it down, only allow limited users, hell your already halfway home! And then there is the MAJOR hardware issue with Linux. Does this wireless work? What about this printer? Can you tell me RIGHT NOW without looking it up which items on sale at Best Buy, walmart, and Staples work perfectly with Linux? Are YOU gonna rush out there every time a distro update borks video and/or sound?
I've said it before and I'll say it again-Linux is NOT like Windows, but is much closer to a Mac. It works fine IF and ONLY IF, you get the right hardware/software and don't mess with it. But we are talking donated machines? You know...bunches of Dell, HP, Compaq, eMachines, all with different funky ass hardware. Ever try to get Linux working with an Ali sound chip? How about a SiS network/sound/video combo? Just because it works good on the SINGLE box you picked out JUST FOR Linux, or tweaked for a day to get it just right, doesn't mean Linux will work in the situation we are talking about. You are talking apples, we are talking oranges.
And finally yes, I know about ipconfig. The point is this-do you know how many times I have HAD TO drop to CLI in Windows? In the nearly 15 years I've been working I can count the number on one hand. Last was during the Win9x era. Sure it can be faster to just go CLI, but you should NEVER EVER have to. And with Linux it is the opposite...often that will be the first, last, and ONLY answer you get to a problem. Yeah, no thanks. I have no desire to be a free admin for life just to push a "free OS" when I can reinstall the Windows license on the box (so it is free to them) and be done with it. My after sale/give away support costs? Zero dollars. That is the "free" that I care about. But hey, call your local school, I'm sure they'll be happy to have you admin the entire school for free, just so you can "sell" them Linux. Good luck with that.