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Re: [Fsuk-manchester] the non-free neighbour asking for help dilemma

From: MJ Ray
Subject: Re: [Fsuk-manchester] the non-free neighbour asking for help dilemma
Date: Tue, 13 May 2008 12:56:27 +0100
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"Tim Dobson" <address@hidden> wrote:
> 2008/5/13 MJ Ray <address@hidden>: [...]
> > I'd make really sure that GRUB isn't the problem and/or help remove
> > the last remnants of GRUB if necessary, with the brother watching and
> > explaining any steps taken while attempting to fix it so that it's
> > convincing that GRUB isn't the problem, then hand the machine back. [...]
> You might want to read the followup I posted to this with the "a new
> user to GNU/Linux WAS: the non-free neighbour asking for help dilemma"
> subject line.

I did read that (among the 6000 emails that accumulated while I was
unexpectedly offline) but it looked like a personal email cc'd to the
list and didn't solicit further comment, so I sent no extra response
to it. Also, the original question still seemed interesting.

Seeing as you seem interested: I disagree with some steps taken
(particularly troubleshooting under XP, not telling him that you
switched which ethernet card he was using and installing so many
non-free things) but pleased with the general direction of the

Looking forward to updates,
MJ Ray (slef)
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