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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RE: No Way
by Anonymous on Mon 14th Jul 2003 20:20 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.

Did it occur to you that Windows is easier for Windows users exactly because they're accustomed to Windows? Mac is easier to use for Mac users. Linux is easier to use for Linux users. BeOS is easier to use for BeOS users.

Sure, there may be things that are just easier to learn or use on Windows. The same can be said for other system as well. It doesn't matter how easy you make the system, though. Unless you clone Windows completely, Windows users will find it difficult to switch to your system. Again, the same can be said for any system.

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?

Yeah, because compiling programs is the only way to install them. Have you been living under a rock? Maybe I should start talking about Windows 95 as if it's state-of-the-art.

I recently did a fresh install of RedHat 9 on a new machine. I then upgraded Gnome to the 2.3 development series (because I want to, not because I have to). How many programs did I compile in this process? None. How many times did I touch the command line? None.

Let's face it, linux is in NO WAY easier to use than most other OSes, especially windows.

Linux is in many ways easier to use than Windows. Windows is not a pinnacle of ease-of-use. People are just used to it.

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.

Gee, what's all this stuff that I manage to get done? Is that being productive? Nah, can't be. Clearly, I can't be productive, becuase I spend every waking moment tweaking text config files. No, wait, I don't.

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 see, so because a program had some buggy behavior, you'll never use it again? All right, I'll stop using every program that's ever had buggy behavior. Does anybody want to buy a used computer?