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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by Anonymous on Mon 14th Jul 2003 23:02 UTC

"Okay, repeat after me: you do NOT have to compile apps to install them in Linux. This is a MYTH! There are graphical installers that will automatically download and install apps for you without ever needing to drop to the command line. Or, you can download a package and double-click on it (yes, double-click!) and it will start the all-graphical software installer!"

Yes, Linux package management is becoming very easy.
The first time I ever used Debian, I decided to install Gaim with APT, and all I had to type was apt-get install gaim; Gaim was now installed and ready to use after typing a single command. Needless to say, I was impressed!
Synaptic makes package management even easier.

I hear Gentoo's Portage manager is just as easy to use.