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 Daan on Wed 30th Apr 2003 19:05 UTC

If you want to clean things up, I suggest reading the Unix-Haters Handbook first.
1) Then I want to tell that the ESCAPE key definitely needs to be fixed. As most function keys start with ESC, a program which receives just ESC wait a few seconds for other data, and if that does not come it finally interpretes the ESC. This is awful.
2) The X-Windows system is also not very good. There should be one toolkit. For example, create a GTK+2 or QT3 X-server extension and rewrite all toolkit libraries including Athena Widgets to just call functions from this toolkit.
3) Development for the distro: most newer programs have this great AUTOCONF tool. It is no problem to install any program in any weird directory, just add some options to ./configure. So a new directory layout is possible with just recompiling.
4) People say that /dev is just as good as /Hardware. I think not. /Hardware is much clearer for users. And with autocompletion it does not cost more keystrokes - H-tab is nothing more difficult than d-tab.
5) cp, mv, ls should become copy, move and list. Or should mkdir and rmdir rather become md and rd?
6) A next release of KDE and Gnome might hide ~/Desktop and ~/Trash. Maybe we should make /system/* and /user//*, and thus have /system/Trash and /joe/Trash?
7) Michael: I do not think any particular filesystem will fit a GUI better. In Linux, file access is transparent, from the applications viewpoint it does not matter anything which filesystem the system uses. Besides that, I really like ReiserFS. Mostly since my ext3 partition corrupted when it went full.
8) ASau: I agree on your opinion only TAR is needed. But it needs a graphical interface. Tar-archives should behave like normal folders in a graphical file manager. Like in RiscOS.
9) About Steve Jobs, our PPC 6400/180 is the worst computer I have ever seen. OS 7 runs in a m68k-emulator and the newer OS 8 is too heavy for the system. But OS X seems to be great.
10) "Just put 1000 developers on f.ex openbeos, Amiga, SkyOS, AtheOS, Syllable or all the other much smaller operating systems being mentioned at Osnews for 18 months, and i personally believe either would kick the crap out of Linux as a desktop operating system." The I guess IBM or such would already have done that. Or well? I am really looking forward to a bootable Syllable cd-rom.

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