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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by Draqear on Wed 30th Apr 2003 11:03 UTC

Hello all,
Where to start? Ok ill just jump right in then. Filesystems: Leave the current FS alone please, although it may seem very cryptic it does work very well for the pro's. What many of you are upset about is being forced to attempt to understand all of its different aspects. As Eugenia and several others have stated with a good UI that becomes a non issue. There honestly is no need to break compliance in this area. Another point is that there really isnt a need to get radical at all, this would imply that *M-A-N-Y* hundres or thousands of Dev's before today have not already Done So ;) What I mean is simple, the useability you are asking for is Mostly All Here already. Both simple users and Power Pro's (tm) can both be served well. Take for instance that although im relatively new to linux I strictly avoid booting straight to GUI. Why? because Run Level Three has CLI tools that allow me to UNFUBAR my freshly broken system. Then again if I wanted to boot straight to GUI thats very easy to do too. And a Good UI makes doing so Trivial.
Another Point there must be a good filesystem that CAN be used if need requires on both CLI and in GUI mode, linux has both right now, many doezens of times over. What is needed is a serious UI GURU to step up to the plate and Re-Package the plethora of great UI fragments we have alread into a Co-Hesive Whole. That ladies and gents is the prob as stated several times. Its not that linux is hopelessly broken it is that linux is hopelessly fragmented and cannot find a "central UI personality" if you will...
A quick and dirty example of a DE: fluxbox with RoxFiler and a few addons in it. Believe it or not its DAMN flexable, fast, easy to use in many areas...What is !!NOT!! is even re motely easy to Get Too That Level. Its a bonifide MOFO to assemble it to BE that way. A good UI team of Dev's / UI designers could take this simple example and make it one seriously kick ass usable GUI. Please dont get me wrong by thinking im proposing that this formula be The Holy Grail (tm). Im not. It's just an quick and dirty example. As Eugenia said, It is about a Cleaned up and easy to figure out UI design. Thing im trying to get across is its nearly all here NOW but its simply fragmented to hades. Whatever else you do DONT break Linux as its current woes are by far more a symptom of a dysfunctional G-UI / Common Tool Set than a broken <arch>. If you take a step back and a couple to the side I belive you will see a new Distro with a serious UI clean up (Not a super heavy GUI) that adds in a great User Interface is what is needed. Abstract the confusing-to-newbs FS with the very clean UI and you *WILL* find very quicly that nothing drastic really needs to be done. I will grant that both Driver add in / removal needs more work, and that package handling both adding / removing needs some massaging. But look around and you will very quickly see that Package management is broken more by fragmentation than by lack of viable current solutions.
So to re-iterate in conclusion: 1) address simple problems under the hood (common app fonts, apps handling, driver/device addin removal ect..), 2) Decide on a CLI toolset that maximized the CLI power-AND-Allows a very clean UI to be implemented so that a very usable GUI results. Its the Creative Discipline in GUI design that is badly broken / missing. NOT the Talent in Developers!!! If Dev's and UI pro's were to shake hands and roll up their sleves in 12 months or less a new and truly INOVATIVE Linux distro would see the light of day... think seriously on this folks. It is not nearly as far away as many may think it is. It only requires thinking outside of "the box" in a creatively dispassionate manner for a short time.