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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We Windows Users Are Stupid!
by P Nelson on Thu 8th May 2003 23:52 UTC

As a 20+year user of Dos/Windows I can say that when it comes to downloading rpms/deps and installing them I go nuts! We here do not understand "compiling" or dependancies. I know that these are common in the Linux community and our hats off to those of you who can do it. However our,or most "computer users" need a straight forward way to just use our machines to do work without having to "mount" something or "compile" something. About a year ago when we first contacted the Linux community in forums like this, we had, shall we say, mixed acceptance. Some meeting were very hostile, however before long we talked to other Windows migrators who helped us see the light of Linux! To those we say thank you. I know this will irritate some here, but please bear with me. In Windows to copy a floppy 1.44 disk you simply right click the floppy and select copy floppy. Lindows/Xandros/RH/Mandrake etc. all have a floppy formatter. You click on it and it allows one to format a floppy in Ext2 or Dos. Thats simple. Why cannot Linux etal have a simple program to copy a floppy as good as the formatter and as easy to use? There are still no good PaperPort type programs for scanning and no good CD label making programs. Ever try to use CirclePrint? Linux Distros are so close to allowing us to get away from "Darth Vader" and their activating ways. We as x-Windows users do not want Windows to run on our Desktop Linux Distro, we want Linux-period! Help us by providing something we know how to use. Are there enough Linux Distros for those able and happy to command the OS? If so distribute one which has been proposed and everyone can win.

Thanks for listening
P. Nelson "build it and they will come"