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 Lindows.com 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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Radical?
by Mike Hearn on Wed 30th Apr 2003 12:37 UTC

TUNES is radical.

Why do people continue to ignore me when I point out that appfolders are not workable? My mind is open, but nobody has been able to deal with these arguments I put forward in my FAQ on the subject (see autopackage.org). To be fair to him, Thomas Leonard is playing with new ideas to try and eliminate the concept of software installation, but they don't resemble appfolders all that much.

I think it's pretty funny that people pointing out problems with the approaches set out in this article are decried as "visionless". The fact is that people who know what they're doing *ARE* trying to solve these problems, there was a post earlier moaning about clipboards and lack of desktop standards. Hello? Freedesktop.org? Clipboard problems means you need to upgrade by the way (or stop using mozilla, which doesn't follow the standards because the module owner has got used to the broken way).

Really, I think if you want to write an article like this, you should be somebody who has sat down and followed the debates on the various Linux forums over this and that, tried to understand all the issues (not just end user simplicity, but also manageability, security, backwards compat, i18n etc), taken part and then you can make suggestions about how to do things. As it is, these articles repeatedly make suggestions that were written off years ago for valid reasons, simply through lack of research.