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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Wow...where to begin?
by Kingstrum on Wed 30th Apr 2003 02:44 UTC

Don't want to discuss your proposed changes to the filesystem? Fine...I can syslink mine any way I like too.

Hmmmm, well I'm all for breaking LSB if it means putting a stake through the vile heart of RPMs once and for all. There's a cold, cold place in Hell for RedHat on that one thing alone. But the fact that the author can't figure how to uninstall software past "rpm -e <program>" is a big slug from the Foam Cluebat. However, after 20+ years of computer experience -- on both sides of the support fence -- I can say without fear of contradiction: Users are morons. Period. If they weren't they wouldn't need sys & net admins to bail their asses out every 5 mins.

Choice, especially on such a hot-button issue like "KDE vs. GNOME", is critical. Deciding on one or the other and then throwing all your resources behind it is just assinine. Build distro-specific themes, submit tons of bug-reports, do whatever it takes, but do *NOT* reinvent the wheel by picking a favorite now and then regreting it later when the winds of change...well, change. Both projects are currently trying to work on a set of guidelines that just might actually help them settle on a common back-end -- *FINALLY!* Oh, and BTW, I personally enjoy tweaking FVWM2 til it bleeds...all the extra GUI garbage just slows things down and makes the "eye candy & twitch reflex" game of user interface just plain useless.

Speaking of GUIs...
Which is easier: having a user chase pretty little buttons around the screen all day long or just having them answer a simple series of questions -- while providing them with relavent information in order to make informed decisions? As a user of the oldest living Linux distro (guess...) and OpenBSD, I have to say that a simple text installer makes things much, much easier. The machine tells me what it needs to know next...instead of guessing which shiny red button to press to continue. Further correction: OpenBSD is *NOT* playing around with a graphical installer (even the GOBIE web page states it's currently two [!] French CS students at the moment)...expect Theo to pay you a visit real soon now and God help you.

The issue of bloat has been beat into the ground, so I'm gonna just say "to each their own."

<gut-wrenching vitriol deleted>: "The way I understand it, pretty much everything on a GNU/Linux system runs commands terminal-style." Gee, no foolin'? When did that happen? *sigh* Moving on...

And well...the rest just tires me out...<licensing war rehash>...I prefer Freedom (beer and speech whenever possible), but I'm still doing a re-evaluation of GPL vs. BSD, so that'll have to wait for another day.

Oh, and in conclusion, your perfect OS has already been built -- nearly 20 years ago: Plan9.

Google is your doppleganger,