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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@ smoke
by Adam Scheinberg on Tue 29th Apr 2003 21:55 UTC

smoke, I wish you were right. But you're missing something: in a perfect world, all a user needs is her/her home dir. But as is, and as I see things for a long time, that's not the case. In Windows, Linux, everything, I end up screwing around. I bought an mp3 player recently, I needed to start screwing around with /etc/fstab and going out to the terminal to type

mount -t usbdevfs /mnt/sda1 /mnt/archos

In a perfect world, I'd plug it in and it would work. Instead, my distro brought up GTKam. That's why it's easier for a user if you could just guess that /hardware/usb/device1 was this device. I never would have known to look for a SCSI harddrive unless I had the internet. Like eveyrthing else about Linux, it's not intuitive.

We're bombarded, even in these forums, with the visionless. It's the ignorance of every generation to feel they are the best, and that apparently flows down to OSes. People can't imagine anything different than the status quo. That's why you build to solve today's problem and avoid tomorrow's. Work towards everything being in /Users/Username/ but understand that ain't happening just yet.