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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Not Really
by Guy on Tue 29th Apr 2003 22:47 UTC

Desktop users aren't gonna want to explore the filesystem. It doesn't matter what directories are named. Besides, you could just have a set of folders on the desktop with those names, without needing to have a system chock full of symlinks in the root directory. There could be an i18n layer on top of that, which is not possible with pure symlinks.

Mandrake, and presumably other distros, have such massive repositories of apps, i.e. Mandrake contrib, the selections can be browsed and installed with a couple of clicks. (Admittedly, it'd be nice to have Mandrake-contrib added automatically post-install).

If you're only using that repository, then there are NO dependency issues if the maintainers are doing their job. So there is no need for a replacement urpmi.

Also note that Mandrake does have a system for switching default executables, but currently it is just used for things like gcc.