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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several things almost there!
by mabhatter on Wed 30th Apr 2003 00:53 UTC

After trying sevral other distros, I really like knoppix. It has it's drawbacks, but for the most part it just works. If you're looking for a newbe Linux, then start there and address the issues present.

Knoppix is really just a custom Debian on a bootable CD. You can load it up, tweak it how you want, and burn another. It has about half of your list done for you. True, it uses the standard layout + some stuff to be bootable, but it's fairly standard--most linux help docs will get you going. It has a standard desktop. You can change it, or not, but it starts with the same thing unless you change it--good first step. Hardware detection is great. Everyother distro I've had to go without something basic, mouse, video, sound...The basics work and work well. Yes, it's a read-only CD, but that means users can't mess it up and can always go back--best part is without loosing data!

The only thing missing with Knoppix is an easy way to install new programs. He's necessarily catering to 905 of the people, but everyone seems to have their own 1-2 key programs that breaks their use of it. What Knoppix [and any other Distro] needs is a surefire way to install programs. Compiling a la gentoo is great for the Pros, but the rest of us just want to run them. Frankly program-in-a-folder would seem to be the best route for all involved. Develop an online app that detects your system [I know already done!] but installs the dependancies to the program folder. For something like Knoppix, the current version of the disc is the standard layout and everyone can just adapt to that. each prog would run in it's own "sandbox" uneffected by the others. Again, I'm not a zelot or anything, Knoppix is just the best place to begin such a project because it's basicly locked down and install-less.