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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One Percent
by JetRacer on Wed 30th Apr 2003 11:20 UTC

Those suggestions are about one percent of all stuff that needs to be either implemented or modified in Linux distros. Everybody just sit on their asses contemplating Linux philosophy and write another clone to kill time...

Fact is that Linux distros are Unix (as in mainframe) with a GUI slapped onto it. No more no less. There are a few usable applications, yes, but everything else is lacking.
Calling any distro an OS or desktop is a joke. RedHat, Suse plus some others made a real effort recently (8.x 9.x), but that was what any reasonable human being would have expected a year or two after their appearence on the market. Too little too late. If they don't keep up that recent pace forever, then they could just aswell throw in the towel now.

Microsoft looks around and snatch things already existing, Linux developers try to implement a few percents of what M$ mimics. Get a grip and do something new and original for a change.

This is no Troll, I just have a different perspective; I still use AmigaOS (along with XP and RHL), which is still maintained by it's users. Our shareware/gpl developers manage to produce quality software. F.ex. a scalable GUI engine was implemented by a user already in 1992 (MUI). It's of "corporate" quality (no, I don't mean bug infested :-), yet free shareware. We have a single free fileserver with mirrors all over the world (no login required, anonymous ftp accepted). It still puzzles me why Linux developers can't manage to do stuff like that. All projects are tiny details and nobody is prepared to do anything major (read: usefull) and everything is hosted on personal webpages. And to be honest, the distro installers would have been written by a user years ago if we were talking AmigaOS. We have a wide variety of _working_ software, not a wide variety of cloning.

Linux developers are among the most conservative I know of.

AmigaOS still have many features not stolen by M$ yet, so why not implement those in Linux? Start with smart icons f.ex (with command line arguments and app settings, all in plain text, accessible by right-click/icon settings). File comment are not unique, but Linux is unique in not supporting them (very handy when they read:, so you can either identify what it is, or resume the download without specifying anything but the filename. And, yes, this is standard behavior in AmigaOS.

Linux is an excellent example of having freedom and not using it. You have the freedom to kick Posix and you don't. You have the freedom to make GUI's work faster and you don't. You can make it userfriendly in notime and you don't.

Start grabbing your freedom. You can't keep on limiting the desktop by imposing server specs as a bad excuse of not adressing real problems.

Get some imagination for gods sake.

Don't get me wrong; I like using Linux, I'm not so fond of XP, but I love AmigaOS; it's got features where it counts. Linux and XP are just so low-tech when it comes to the desktop. I travel back through time I use them and in some ways even their applications.