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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Linux still has a ways to go
by AkumaX on Mon 14th Jul 2003 20:53 UTC

I've said this before and i'll say it again I respect Linux because i've seen how far it's come and it's capabilities, but it is far from ready for me and most people as an OS to use a decent amount of their time during the day.

I'd have to agree that Linux should go more like Mac OS X. Mac OS X has excellent UNIX core (Darwin) and doesn't get in the way untill you call it. Plus you can do a lot of configuration that linux users would normally do through text files right from a GUI interface.

When i refeer to ease of use i mean ease of use compared to other OS's. For instance Mac OS X probably has the easiest method of installing most apps (just dragging a file/folder from one space to your App folder or wherever). Windows has the next easiest just double clicking on an installer and going through a guided installation process. Linux has the worst installer process of the 3 having to compile the application yourself. I think any Linux user who says this is the only way to do it is a dumbass, most of the world doesn't want to compile things themselves. Doing things this way for Linux is incredibly inefficient and it will never be a mainstream OS as long as people have to do it.

I like Linux but I can't really use it as much as I would like because it's slower than Mac OS X or Windows XP on the hardware I use and it's hard to configure some items and locate apps. I mean on Mac OS X there is a simple Applications folder on Windows a program files folder. How the F*ck on Linux am i supposed to assume that /usr/bin is the Applications folder? Even then I can't find things easily.

Linux take a good long look at Mac OS X because it's what a UNIX based OS should be like. Great UNIX tools with a GUI and a great UNIX core thats you can get at but isn't necessary to even use. Don't get me wrong I like the UNIX terminal but most people don't they simply want to easily install,use and configure their apps the GUI way as opposed to editing a file. Sometimes certain situations call for configuring a file, but thats rare when it can be so much easier from the GUI interface, which is why the GUI was made.