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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People, first of all I don't know who the hell these people who say "you know my mom/kid sat down in front of it the first time and now easily use Linux." First of all who the hell are these people? and how big a time gap like 10 years? Windows and Windows Software is a lot easier to set up than Linux software and most people are sometimes at a loss as to how to install Windows Software. Please when you use the term "average user" please actually mean your average user not what you think an average user it. If peoples "average user" was actually the average user then there wouldn't be windows how-to videos sold on tv.

One thingI din't like about Linux was that it's sometimes so easy to screw up an installation. For instance i've installed Red Hat 7.2,7.3,8 & 9. I installed Red Hat Linux 8 easily so i decided to wipe it clean and install Red Hat 9 and it didn't ask if the resolution was ok and totally screwed up the video to the point where i could only see a couple of white pixelated lines and i had to install it all over again. Once before on mandrake I had a 2 button scrollwheel mouse (USB) and i told it i had that and it thought i had a ps2 mouse. Installed Mandrake and i couldn't even use the mouse i had to tell it i had a ps2 mouse (which i didn't have.) just to get by. Windows at least has the courtesy to start up in a very low resolution and allow you to make it bigger as you see fit.

Sure Linux has some better capabilities than Windows, but it's harder to configure Linux and to get it up working right faster. For the most part Apple is way ahead of Linux because they have combined an elegant user interface with UNIX and got it to work beutifully and it works right all the time.