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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Leaning curve not needed
by MusclePup on Tue 15th Jul 2003 06:00 UTC

Don't take this the wrong way, I think Linux is going somewhere but not to the desktop just yet. I've heard a million times before that Linux programmers don't think writing documentation is there job, who’s is it? I've been a windows developer for years and every program (pro or hobby) that I have written has been commented and documented by me unless there were others dedicated to that task. If all programmers did this correctly the average user (even using the command line) would have an easy to use system; it also helps with the whole open source idea. One example from the other day… I miss configured my video card in KDE and after a reboot the system went into a endless loop with no easy access to a failsafe mode to fix that problem... after some research back in windows I learned how to edit the XF86Config file to get things back up. Windows in the same situation reset itself to 800-600 with a dialog that indicated that my video card was not correctly configured. This might seem trivial to some Linux users but I don't have time to think about these issues and expect that my OS with take care me.
I do look forward to a day when I can swich to Linux but there is a ways to go for desktop and gaming systems.