Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Dec 2006 19:54 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Having been raised on DOS and the early generations of Windows, I rediscovered that sense of excitement in a pure computing experience when I first tried other Linux versions over the years. However, they required a steep learning curve and caused too much frustration with setup and obscure command-line options. Not so with Ubuntu Linux."
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Why does it have to be so complicated?
by pandronic on Tue 5th Dec 2006 09:46 UTC
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Linux might work well for a lot of people, because distro developers put in an awful amount of work into obscuring all the internals from Joe User, instead of fixing the underlying problems. Still, that makes Linux a great OS for every-day office work.

I found it hard to go beyond that with Linux. When you need to get out of the box you find yourself struggling with an awkward and illogical directory structure, applications that are scattered throughout the OS, the impossibility to install drivers without reading tens of man and forum pages ... and it's really to much for someone that is not technically inclined, doesn't have the time, or doesn't feel like it.

The community should decide whether they want Linux as a hobby OS or as a mainstream OS. The features and the ideas are out there, but I haven't seen a distro that has them all:
- human-readable directory structure - Gobo Linux (but it shouldn't be only skin deep, and implemented as a kernel hack and a bunch of symlinks)
- easy installation of drivers and applications: PCBSD
- user friendliness: Ubuntu
- media capabilities out of the box: Freespire (?) - I know that there are legal problems with that - I don't care, regular users don't care ... so find a way!

This makes the difference between a geekland hobby OS, as desktop Linux is now, and a mainstream OS.

I'm hoping that the Linux community is more interested in developing a solid desktop OS than focusing on pointless ideological fights of whether GPL2 si better than 3, or whether or not binary drivers are the root of all evil. Stop making a new distro every day - no regular user can spot any differences besides the color of the desktop and the default theme. I know I'm being harsh but I see a lot of talented and dedicated people getting nowhere by scattering their efforts into hundreds of similar distros, reinventing the wheel every single time. Linux has the potential of being great, if only the people involved could see that.

Edited 2006-12-05 09:53

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