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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Just because you wish it, doesn't make it so
by Tony B on Mon 14th Jul 2003 20:02 UTC

Unfortuneatly it's not ready. The current state of Linux is akin to that of Windows 3.1.

There are places where it still needs work (as in not will implemented), and there's functionality that just doesn't even exist yet.

Here are just a few off the top of my head (using RH 9.0)

Still needs work:

Cut and paste. There's 2 ways to do it usually; the KDE/Gnome way, and the X way. They don't copy to each other's clipboards. Kind of annoying.

Still no functionality at all:

Unified GUI install method. Many distros have their own kludge, or front end for a package management system. Lindows is probably the easiest. But for a general Linux app running on just about any distro, you can't just download something from Tucows and double click the icon. It's like the new nVidia drivers. It's much easier to use, but it's still command line (much like Windows 3.1).

Changing montior refresh rate on the fly with a GUI: Great, we've finally got something Windows has had since 1995, but wait, we still can't change the resolution with a GUI.

I think part of the problem is that Linux advocates take the myopic view that pointing out Linux's shortcomings is something akin to heresy, and therfore they aren't acknowledged and therefore aren't addressed. Pointing out shortcomings doesn't make you anti-Linux.