Linked by Andrew Barilla on Tue 10th Feb 2004 20:08 UTC
Linux After reading a discussion on DistroWatch asking if users were happy with their current distribution, I noticed a common thread of those who have had similar experiences as myself with juggling various Linux distributions. Like myself, they feel many Linux distributions are great, but no one quite feels like home. None of them quite fit the bill and they may even begin to think that every OS sucks.
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"Maybe Flamebait... But a question I want to ask anyway..."
by Anonymous on Wed 11th Feb 2004 02:36 UTC

I don't see your question as flamebait at all.

"I get the feeling that most Linux users want Linux to be the way it is"

Some probably do. Some probably don't.

"Is this a fair assessment of the majority of Linux users (the ones who specifically choose Linux over other things)?"

I don't think it is fair. Consider the possibility that everyone has a tolerance level for how many times they will be burnt by any one manufacturer. Some who have been burnt looked elsewhere, and now use either Mac or Linux.

"I think Linux is cool and useful, but it doesn't fit me as a computer user."

Don't use it then. Who will buy, or even use a free product, if it doesn't fit them or do what they need?

"The point is... do you folks really want Linux to change and become "the desktop OS" that all the endless "Linux is [ready/not ready] for the desktop" articles go on and on about?"

I can't speak for others, but I most certainly want it to become a solid "desktop OS."

"Wouldn't that ruin your particular interest in the OS or do you think that it can be done without your particular interests in the OS being compromised?"

Absolutely not! I don't care if Suse, Mandrake, Xandros, Lindows or any other really super easy distro hits it big. I can use those if they get popular, or I can use something considered more challenging, like Debian, Slackware, Gentoo, or even LFS, becuase I am no longer tied to a single vendor.

"Sorry if this is somehow off topic, but I found that the "distribution shuffle" topic tweaked my interest so much that I wanted to ask some Linux users what they thought about this."

I can't speak for all Linux users, or even other Linux users. I only speak for me.