Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 17:40 UTC
Linux "I recently read a story that asked, 'Has the Desktop Linux Bubble Burst?' Burst!? No, I don't think so. Actually, it still isn't even half as big as it will be when it's full. The author goes on to explain that he feels this way because GNOME 'lacks any form of a vision', while KDE4 is full of wonderful ideas, but not enough money and effort behind turning concepts into code. I don't see that at all. I think both popular Linux desktop environments are making good progress."
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RE[5]: Of course it is!
by tmack on Sun 24th Dec 2006 06:37 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Of course it is!"
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Actually, you're missing most of the process with Mac OS X app folders.

With Linux, that one click includes getting the software on my PC. I do not have to download the program from some website or put a disc in the drive.

That one click goes through all 3 phases:

1) Download the software
2) Prepare the software for installation
3) Install the software

Mac OSX only does the last one easily. And I'm not saying Mac OS X is terrible at software installation, it just isn't anywhere near as good as your average end user Linux distro.

A modern linux distro is as polished as Mac OS X. A colleague and I were commenting at the local computer store about how Mac's are starting to look so dated compared to modern Linux counterparts. It's funny because the Mac's used to make the Linux ones look dated.

Driver installation is extremely simple, it's literally copy a file to this directory and register the driver with the kernel. The problem is: vendors don't provide binary drivers in a usable format. It's rare to find RPM drivers, or heaven forbid .deb files.

But that isn't Linux's fault... it's the lousy hardware industry that has built up around Wintendo.

And Mac OSX doesn't have the best hardware support either. I've seen many products that were unusable on a Mac as well. Just like Linux, you really need to check before hand if a product is compatible with a Mac.

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