Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 22nd Jul 2006 21:15 UTC
Linux Toby Richards wrote an opinion article for NewsForge, claiming that for him, Linux won't get mainstream until Evolution - or another capable Outlook-like client - gets optimized and offers 100% compatibility with Exchange. In the comments section of Newsforge readers offered more reasons as to why Linux is not mainstream, offering a view on their needs. My take: While for my personal, home usage of Linux my needs are different, I agree with Toby that companies won't switch their desktops if full Exchange compatibility isn't reached and if Evolution stops being the memory beast it currently is.
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My take
by pandronic on Mon 24th Jul 2006 07:58 UTC
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a. No more command line - everything should be possible via the GUI
b. No more weird directoris - system/, software/, users/ (gobolinux hierarchy looks nice - ) instead of usr,lib,mnt,root,etc,var,proc,tmp,WTF
c. Unify GTK, QT - all interfaces should look and act the same
d. Easy installation of software - click, next, next, finished (PBI looks great)
e. Easy installation of drivers - no more recompilation of kernel. Just use binary drivers!
g. Major distributions should be binary compatible (software and drivers) - so that the major players don't have to jump trought hoops to port their applications
f. Improve boot times - I don't want to wait two minutes and look at a pretty picture or text scrolling
h. Improve mounting - I want to read my fat32, ntfs partitions, I want to use my usb stick or digital camera, I want to read my CDs or use my floppy disks. Sometimes I can do some of these, why not all of them, all the time without editing obscure text files?
i. Improve networking - make it obvious to the user. I barely managed to write to a windows share and I gave up before getting networking to work properly
j. Include MP3 playback and some basic codecs by default
k. Stop bundling tens of useless applications with the default install

Edited 2006-07-24 08:06

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