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From: Marcello Romani
Date: Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 23:20
I think the lesson here is twofold:
1) before showing a new program to someone, be sure to know it well, or at least to know well the functions you want to show in that particular situation;
2) persuading someone to change habits is very hard; when "habit" means "I'm used to click there, there, and there and I've got my work done" the job becomes virtually impossible; so you have to be _very_ prepared to answer the typical question: that task in my usual software is done so and so, how do I do it in the new one ? If the motivation to try a new software is not coming from the user herself, she won't be very patient when encountering difficulties, so you have to ease the learning curve yourself;
Thanks for ranting publicly :-) I think your feelings are shared by many (I event felt quite the same sometimes when I first tried FOSS software years ago), so discussing them here might be helpful.
MinistryUSE OS is a Linux Remaster of Linux Mint. It's purpose is to provide a desktop experience with all the tools commonly needed for work in ministry. As a pastor of a small church I use my laptop every day researching, writing, reading, reaching out using social networks, creating, planning, and publishing. It is vital tool for the work I do. And I got to thinking, what if I could create an operating system with all the tools I find helpful in my ministry so that other ministers could use it right out of the box.The current features are:
That is what I am attempting to do here.
A Linux Desktop Experience geared for Christians who want to use their computers as tools for ministry.
Being as how this project is very new, improvement will be made based upon your feedback. So contact me through Facebook and let me know what you think. But be kind, I do this on my free time.
Off the bat, on purely technical grounds, I would replace Evolution with Thunderbird. If you need to archive email, I'd suggest Enkive. It isn't that hard to configure. Time consuming, but not difficult.
- Libreoffice for Office Suite
- Bibletime, Xiphos, E-Sword, and TheWord for Bible Study and Research
- OpenLP for Projection Software
- Chromium Browser and Firefox Browser for Internet Browsing
- Rhythmbox, VLC, and Amorak for Media Players
- Cheese and Kdenlive for Video Editing
- Audacity for Audio Editing
- Evolution (Pardon the name) for Email and Calendar/Planner
- Scribus, Gimp, and Libredraw for Desktop Publishing
- And many Christian Wallpapers already uploading plus lots of neat features and customizations
Finally an operating system specifically set up for Christians in ministry with one of the best desktop environments available - KDE. Xiphos for Bible Study. Chromium for web-browsing. Openlp for worship projection software. And much more to aid in your ministry needs. As a young minister, I use my laptop for a lot in ministry. I hope this helps you too.
God Bless and if you have any problems, please let me know. I'd be happy to work on it.Under Features, we have listed:
- K Desktop environment
- Chromium Browser for Web
- Xiphos for Bible Study
- Openlp for Worship projection software
- Libreoffice for all your word processing needs
- Customized desktop appearance with Christian themed backgrounds
- Open SUSE repositories and base
I have not yet looked at this distro.A new Christian OS based on OpenSUSE 13.2 with K Desktop Environment, xiphos and Bibletime for Bible Study, Openlp for projection software, libreoffice for office suite, and compiz for windows manager, plus much more. Enjoy!