Linked by Adam S on Wed 30th Apr 2003 07:26 UTC
Linux Lately, we've all read a lot of articles about desktop Linux - so many that it's getting hard to tell them apart. One says "Why Linux Sucks," the next "My Success With Linux." Even Michael Robertson of joined the fun with his "Why Desktop Linux Sucks, Today." But very few people have proposed anything radical, and I believe that's what's needed to take GNU/Linux to the next level.
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If I were a user, ...
by Benny Siegert on Tue 29th Apr 2003 17:55 UTC

... I wouldn't use that distribution. The text shows me that the author does not have a real clue what he is talking about. Okay, where do I start?

Licenses. The article says he is using the FreeBSD kernel because the BSD license allows him to turn the kernel into a commercial product. But then he says he would choose GNOME over KDE for the (LGPL!) license, which does not allow that.

Filesystem layout. I would recommend the author to read about what POSIX is. POSIX defines a standard layout for the file system. If you drop that, you lose 30 years of compatibility. The users of this distribution are really going to have a hard time installing third-party programs. And if everything is solved with symlinks, it will just be a real big, ugly mess. If you look at MacOS X, it still has the directory structure the author does not like anymore -- those directories are only hidden in the Finder.

Including "every" library or dependency by default. This is just about impossible, as there are so many of them.

I could go on much longer, but I think you get my point.