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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by korpiq on Wed 30th Apr 2003 13:52 UTC


1. Dependency problems? Have them automatized away forever. Use apt-get with the stable Debian repository.

2. Wrong application bindings? Solved with /etc/alternatives in Debian.

3. Complicated install? Pick the simplest one on the market and let users choose their software themselves. Just provide one big button labeled "Get Software" that uses apt.

4. Need acceptance? You can't buy developers with a community if you require them to use snail mail and refuse them some parts of the system they want to tweak. Above all, do not steal from your users the software they bought from you.

5. Need to make money? Sell something you do best. It cannot be a distribution; that market is saturated.

Don't think in terms of a distribution. What you are calling for is tool integration. Make a product of that, not of the software. You can't compete with free. Be the first real contender in the total tool integration market.