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 Lindows.com 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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This is just silly.
by Gabriel on Tue 29th Apr 2003 21:08 UTC

I wrote a big long response to this, and just erased it and started over.

If you want to make a distribution that is nothing like Unix, please do us a favor and call it "Nothing Like Unix". Or "Nothing Like *nix" if the licensing doesn't come through for you.

There is a Unix spirit, and a lot of people who prefer Unix and Unix-like systems because of this spirit and, while they appreciate that Unix needs to grow and change, they don't want to throw out the good ideas, the essence of the system, in the process.

There seems to be a growing army of people from another camp, who don't use Unix for development, don't care about pipes and filters and standard ways of doing things, who can't even read Kernighan's "The Unix Operating System" (an easy and good read, dated, but when you are done you'll at least be able to remember what '/dev' is, and won't be tempted to call it '/hardware' or '/MyWeirdWireyLectronicalishStuff'), and just want a funky alternative to Windows for some reason.

I am obviously part of the former camp, and would just like these people who seem to dislike Unix, MacOS, AND Windows to find a different pool to pee in, please.