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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Stop the OS Madness
by Stray on Wed 11th Feb 2004 23:58 UTC

Been using Slack for 10 years now, but not really for the desktop. It's serves and best of all, it's a free UNIX. The same could be said for almost any stripped down Linux or BSD though. I used Slack first, dabbled with others in the beginning, but stayed with Slack, because it's easy to set up, and good at being simple and stripped down. For me, trying to get Linux to do anything else but serve is a waste of time.

And it's not that I couldn't use it for the desktop and get by with *some* things, but why? Political reasons? Sorry, I'm busy.

I dabble with the new desktop stuff every year or so to see the progress, but it's still lacking. Believe me, I'm interested, but only because I like saving money...I'm impressed, it's definitely a helluva lot better than 10 years ago (Ughh, fvwm95 anyone?), but Windows and OS X are still better. Linux isn't even close, and I have no idea what writers are talking about when they say it's "ready". Yeah, for Office stuff maybe, but that's really the easy part. As for me in particular, the day I can turn Linux into a ProTools-like turnkey system is when I say it's ready for the desktop. If it can do that, then it's ready for just about everything else.

Linux, and Slackware for me, is great for certain things, but I'm not going to waste my time on a quest for a free OS X. If it comes I'm sure I'll hear of it.