Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Nov 2007 21:22 UTC, submitted by irbis
Window Managers "Linux has proven amazingly flexible: after nearly 10 years of use, I'm still impressed by how the Linux operating system does exactly what I want on any type of hardware. Desktop customization is no exception; from the ultra-modern KDE and GNOME window managers to with the likes of Fluxbox and AfterStep, there's a Linux desktop to suit everyone."
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RE[3]: wm for a server?
by lemur2 on Tue 20th Nov 2007 12:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: wm for a server?"
lemur2
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2007-02-17

the equivelent on windows means you don't have to learn a set of command (that are different on pretty much every linux distribution).


Sigh!

Au contraire, the commands of the linux command line are the same across all distributions.

See the GNU Project.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Project
http://directory.fsf.org/GNU/

You download the program, click the installer and it puts an icon on your taskbar, on your desktop (if you like). - unlike apt-get that might install things anywhere it please and is often hard to find when installed.


You forgot the hardest bit for Windows ... finding a trustworthy program to download.

apt-get does not install things just anywhere, and apt-get installs icons on the system menu. You don't have to find anything.

If you don't like the command line, use Synaptic. That is a GUI program that takes care of everything from finding the program, downloading it and any dependencies, and installing it all automatically with a few clicks. Even a Windows user would find Synaptic easy.

http://www.nongnu.org/synaptic/
http://www.nongnu.org/synaptic/action.html
http://www.nongnu.org/synaptic/gallery.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synaptic_Package_Manager
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SynapticHowto

The other beauty of the windows system is. if you get a computer magazine it comes with software that you can install straight from the disk. not have to compile from source - which means having all your header libraries installed.


You do not have to compile from source. There are such things as Linux computer magazines.
http://www.linuxformat.co.uk/
http://www.linux-mag.com/

Another benefit, is that you can then copy the install program on a disk or usb file and give it to a friend (if it's freeware or shareware of course) or install it on a machine that isn't connected to the internet or doesn't have broadband.


Why do you imagine this is not possible also for Linux?
http://autopackage.org/

Try using sudo urpmi openoffice 2.2 on a 56k dialup connection..


Do you somehow imagine that a 56k dialup is faster for Windows?

Try doing the same on a non-internet connected computer.


Use the postal service:
http://www.linuxcd.org/
http://www.osdisc.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi/products/linux?ad=google
http://www.osdisc.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi/products/dvd
http://www.edmunds-enterprises.com/linux/index.php
http://www.linuxcollections.com/

It isn't hard.

Edited 2007-11-20 12:39

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