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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Some things are already there :-)
by Peter Rossini on Wed 30th Apr 2003 08:23 UTC

Hi Adam,

some things are already there .. some for ages.

The symlinks are part of Nextstep (now Mac OS X) for more then 10 years .. and I think it's a good idea to use it in Linux too.

The package installer: If you are familiar with Debian and apt-get you know it's easy to install new Debian packages. You can search for them, you grab only one and it is installing all needed dependencies and you can use FTP servers..

The only thing missing: The Drag- and Drop-Interface. But that isn't impossible. Let's do it.

_One_ working desktop environment is a problem for the whole Unix/Linux/X Windows community for ages. OpenWindows, OSF/Motif, CDE, KDE, Gnome etc. It what be nice to have only one.. Your "workaround" to choose one is not the worst idea.

The system wide defaults are existing in Debian. Look to /etc/alternatives - there are links to the real application installed on your machine. But who knows about it? (If you like create a symlink /System/Apps to it;-)

I really enjoy working with FreeBSD - I am a systems admin and like the reliable and clean system. But there is a lack of device drivers especially for "home computer equipment".

But if you do it it will certainly help the FreeBSD project because the team is "server focused" (for good reasons)

But anyway,
thanks for your interesting article