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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RE: Syntaxis
by Stray on Thu 12th Feb 2004 22:57 UTC

[quote]Please, fill the rest of us in on this great conspiracy you've tumbled upon[/quote]

Hmm..Did I say "conspiracy"? Nope. I asked a question.

My point is, Linux and Open Source is only "better than the alternative" for the functions it was already good at 10 years ago. That's still what I use it for, and I see no need for a "perfect OS quest". I've had the functionality I've wanted for a while now. I still use slack, but could easily use deb, arch, or gentoo. And I use dists like that because they offer an easier way to get "just Linux", and let it do the tasks it's always been good at. It's an alternative to Unix, Novell, and Windows Servers, not Desktop OSes.

Don't get me wrong, I want an alternative for the Desktop, but what I do on the desktop is simply not there in Linux.

Sure, there's been progress. It might be doing some new tasks better 10 years later, but only relative to "itself". That's the only progress I've seen. It's only better than the Desktop Linux it was 10 years ago. It's not better than the other Desktop OSes available *now*.

For example, in some areas, like Media, Design, and Gaming, Linux is not even close to being an alternative. And the mechanics lying underneath that kind of functionality is the real desktop. Not Office automation. Yeah, if all someone wants to do is surf the net and work with an Office suite, OK..Linux is an alternative.

I didn't say there's a conspiracy, I'm just saying that Linux is still largely reserved for something else. And that's because of the coders behind all of the projects involved. It's the contentment with the Unix way of doing things maybe. In other words, "cryptic" and "weird".

Either that, or that coders aren't working together enough. If there was one DE, instead of 2, 1 IM app, instead of a dozen, 1 text editor, instead of a thousand, etc., etc., etc.., more work could be done on providing better frameworks for companies to port apps and games to.

Instead of acting like Linux is a real alternative yet, some should take the market that companies like Apple and Microsoft work in. Beating them at what they're good at is a lot of work. It isn't easy. Nothing is won yet. When someone really appreciates the "alternatives to Linux" and takes them seriously, maybe then can they get started. Not that there aren't any of those people around..There are, but not enough.