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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Re: Taylor B
by Miles Robinson on Wed 30th Apr 2003 17:51 UTC

If Linux users come off as snobs it's only because so many of them hear the same drivel over, and over, and over. You would get aggrivated too if you had to deal with it. I'm not like that, but that's most likely only because I'm a casual Linux user that doesn't have the know-how to attract the newcomer's attention. I don't really get a whole lot of people asking me things like "Well why isn't it just done *this* way? It would be a lot easier!" It's the whole thing about Linux traditionally being for people who enjoy the system and want to have a sense of accomplishment for having done what they've done. Traditional users tend to be do-it-yourself types, and these new desktop users that have been flooding the arena lately demand, demand, and demand. They don't offer anything, they don't care about how it's been done or why it's been done (Standards be damned, get rid of POSIX! That's funny, if I recall correctly, Microsoft is required by law to include POSIX compatability if they want to do business with the US government. I know because I've disabled POSIX on a few 2k boxes to get as much performance as possible out of a gaming box). They're in for a rude awakening when they find that open source developers don't respond well to ignoramuses spouting bull. It works in the Windows world because a lot of developers sell their software and *have* to listen to customer feedback.

Don't ever forget this: In the open source world, expect a handful of developers to tell you to go to hell when all you can do is complain without ever lending a hand. This isn't Windows-land.