Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Oct 2010 21:54 UTC
Linux Well, it's been a while since we've opened this particular jar (box is not historically accurate) owned by Pandora. Desktop Linux... Yes, that ever elusive readiness of the desktop that is Linux-powered. Some story on ComputerWorld argues that the desktop Linux dream is dead, and apparently, the story is causing some stir on the web. Well, paint me pink and call me a lightbulb, but of course desktop Linux is dead. However - who gives a flying monkey? Linux is being used by more people than ever!
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And yes, users do see it. For example, whenever firefox can't handle a protocol and the user needs to find a program to handle it, they have to trawl through /usr/bin assuming they even know what that is.

No they don't. When reKonq or Dolphin or any other native-to-the-desktop program needs to associate an unknown file type with an application, a dialog box appears which is a graphical mini-representation of the systems menu. You just pick an application as if from the menus, it even has the standard icons and application groups just as shown on the system's menu. For example, for a plain text file, one can choose the Kate editor icon from the Utilities group of applications to open it, just as one would from the system's main menu.

I'm not totally sure about Firefox, but it should use the same mime types as native KDE applications. I think there might be a Firefox plugin which sets this up.

Within Dolphin, the KDE File Manager, one can right-click on any file type and select "properties", and then click on the "configuration" icon within the properties dialog box. This lets you add or remove applications associated with that file type, again using a GUI selector of applications equivalent to the systems menu. One can also set the associated applications order of preference by moving applications up or down in the list.

Whenever one adds a new application, it claims file type as being associated with it, and so it is automatically added to the lists of the file types it knows how to handle, normally as the last preference in the application order. If one want to change the preferred order, one can do it through GUIs without having to know the application's executable name or its location within the filesystem.

At least on KDE this is all so, I can't speak for GNOME because I haven't used it in a while now.

Why do people persist with these outdated nonsense claims about Linux being supposedly hard to use? It is just utter rubbish.

Edited 2010-10-19 05:21 UTC

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