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 JSplice on Tue 15th Jul 2003 02:06 UTC

If I was an advocate of free software and I was against "the man", wouldn't this be defeating the purpose? Makes you wonder if the loud Linux cult shops at Wal-Mart, buys Kraft cheese (company owned by big tobacco)and eat at McDonalds.

Haha that's funny. Maybe Linux really is the "Po Man's" OS.

Anyhow, I mentioned before about having to compile some apps in linux. Maybe I was being a bit one-sided there. True, most of the stuff that I installed in linux comes in packages. However, here comes the problem of getting the correct package for your distro! I remember trying to get packages for KDE of Gnome and going to their site and seeing that packages for my distro had not been made yet. So I was thinking, "so do I install another distro just to get these packages?", or "do I try and compile this from source?", or "do I just say F**K IT to linux and boot back into windows?". I've done all three of those, I can't say which one is done most often. But yes, there ARE instances where certain apps for linux are released in source only. And for these apps, you MUST compile them. Now, if I remember correctly, I don't think I have *ever* been forced to compile an app that I downloaded for Windows. So back to the "use what suits you best thing". If you like compiling your apps to install them, thats cool. I've done it before, sometimes it's a pain in the butt, other times it goes smooth. But for someone who wants to get something installed and running fast, such as many businesses, the obvious choice here is windows. People keep talking about how linux is just as good as windows for the business desktop enviroment. I totally disagree here. Anyone who works with a computer everyday knows how important it is for things to operate smoothly on the PC in order to make good use of their time. There are just too many quarks in linux to allow for this smooth operation. Crap here I go ranting again. I'm done.