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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re: Butters & Quag7
by penguinhead on Tue 29th Apr 2003 22:08 UTC

Butters said
"On first boot, place a document/wizard in a painfully obvious place that screams "Start Here," much like the painful arrow thingy that points to the start menu in Windows on the first boot. It will guide through choices of alternative window managers, browsers, email clients, etc. and possibly include links to reviews and screenshots to inform the user."

This or some variation of it is a good idea.
I would never do a full install. I always build up from a
minimum install. This would be a chance for the Distro to
briefly state its case for the default choice per major
app category and make the others available.

Quag7 said:
"I think an ideal distribution could reasonably cover the entire range of installation possibilities, from something simple like Mandrake's install, to something very granular like Gentoo's. Most installers I've seen give you the Beginner-Advanced-Custom option at the beginning, and this affects the entire install process. I think it makes more sense to do it per page - on the partitioning page, the software install page, and so forth. The idea here is that nothing is forced on the user if they don't want it, but they can get a totally brainless, automatic install if they want, or mix and match. I imagine mixing and matching "skill levels" would be quite popular, depending on your level of expertise. Never should control, however, be taken away from those who want it. This is one of the things I absolutely hate about Windows."

Agreed. No reason why Distros can't be a Noob or Expert as they want to be. So you can drive around in first or 5ht gear.

These are examples of just working with the stuff we have now better.

As far as needing BSD, Lgpl takes care of 3rd party
developer issues. BSD just assures you are a farm team
for Microsoft or Apple to cherry pick your efforts.

Speaking of apple I see that gpl didn't stop them from
using konqui and khmtl for Safari.
In the end , people will look back and realize it was the
GPL that made all the difference.