Linked by kvaruni on Mon 11th Jul 2005 14:48 UTC
Linux The true reason for this article is to point out some sensitive points and to start a discussion. Hopefully, this discussion will produce some useful outcome and if some people in the Linux community are willing to listen to them, I would already be very enthusiastic. Let's start, shall we?
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Linux is and has been ready for the desktop
by JeffS on Tue 12th Jul 2005 17:10 UTC
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Reading the article, as well as many of the comments, I'm struck by how much mis-information about Linux on the desktop there is out there.

Stuff like driver support, file system completxity, software installation, desktop environment, etc, are all very, very easy with Linux these days.

Any of the stuff that the anti-Linux trolls (or the paid MS astroturfers) keep complaining about is easily solved, or is a non-exisitent problem, if they would simply use a newbie friendly, desktop oriented distro like SimplyMepis, Linspire, Xandros, or Mandriva.

These distros have extremely easy installations, super easy software installation (Linspire's Click-n-Run Warehouse is especially easy, Xandros networks is great, Synaptic in Mepis is awesome, and RPMDrake in Mandriva rocks) programs, easy GUI config tools, well configured, attractive, easy KDE desktops, huge hardware driver support, media codecs supported out of the box, Java, Real player, flash supported out of the box, and tons of great software.

Now, if the trolls try to use Gentoo, Slackware, LFS, Arch, or pure Debian, then some of the complaints hold weight (those distros are hands-on, techie oriented distros for enthusiasts or pros who like the command line). Even distros like Fedora or Ubuntu, while very easy, require some downloading and minor tweaking to get media codecs, Java, Nvidia drivers, etc working.

But if one goes for the newbie friendly, desktop oriented like SimplyMepis, Xandros, Linspire, or Mandriva, one will have as easy of a computing experience as there is out there. That is a fact.

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