Linked by Mike Martin on Mon 14th Jul 2003 17:42 UTC
Linux After reading yet another "why Linux is not ready for the desktop" article/discussion, I decided that, as someone who uses Linux exclusively at home, its about time I wrote my response to the attitudes expressed. I have been using Linux since January 1999 (Red Hat 5.2 off of a cover disc).
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No way
by JSplice on Mon 14th Jul 2003 19:30 UTC

There's no way that linux is "easier" for doing normal desktop things. Maybe for someone who is accustomed to linux, these things may be easier to do because you are familiar with the OS. But for someone who has known and used windows for years will tell you that windows is way more easier to use, ESPECIALLY when it comes to installing software. When I want to waste time, I'll boot into linux to mess around installing things. Who the hell wants to compile something just to install it? In windows, i just double click on a file, and the program is installed. Now how can COMPILING a freakin program just to install it be EASIER than clicking a button? Let's face it, linux is in NO WAY easier to use than most other OSes, especially windows. Linux is good for geeks and people who like more customization, and who have more time to spend getting linux to operate how they want it to. For me, I use windows most of the time because if I want to be productive, than linux is out of the question. And this includes even normal spreadsheet/document stuff. For example, one time I was creating a spreadsheet in the OpenOffice spreadsheet program. I went through and changed a bunch of cells because i had to format the data differently. I realized that i formatted it wrong, so i went back and changed everything to the way it was origionally. However, when i got to the last cell, no matter what i did, it wouldnt let me change it back! After this I vowed to never use OpenOffice again, for the worthless peice of crap that it is. I dunno linux is most certainly not ready for the desktop due to it's lack of apps, and it's lack of user-friendlyness. It's getting better, but it has a long way to go when competing with windows.