Linked by Martin Girard on Tue 12th Sep 2006 13:57 UTC
Linux You must remember the period where various electronic devices, from phones to radios, were available in transparent cases. You may have found them utterly cool. Yet the simple fact that you can't find these things on the shelves anymore (except for do-it-yourself PC cases) means the crowd doesn't find them nearly that cool. While you may not see the link yet, this is exactly why the Linux desktop will never be popular.
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Market reality
by Bonus on Tue 12th Sep 2006 15:45 UTC
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The market doesnt care what is boxed and shipped. In the end is what the public perfers. Do they like Linux or not. i think it is achievable if you look at Apple that uses a POSIX based system.

To me it's if people prefer DOS or UNIX. I am still debating that myself but keep leaning toward UNIX.

Windows uses a registry which cleans things up and has all of the dev files in the main directory where Linux throws them all over in a protecetd system envirnment which I dont like much though.

Edited 2006-09-12 15:55

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RE: Market reality
by anonymousbrowser on Tue 12th Sep 2006 16:04 in reply to "Market reality"
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Again with the WTF!!?!!

You feel that the registry cleans things up? What dev files? windows doesn't come with any development capabilites at all. In Linux the file system is well structured and makes a reasonable amount of sense, especially if you have a package management system tracking the location of all installed files, they're hardly thrown all over.

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RE[2]: Market reality
by CrLf on Tue 12th Sep 2006 18:03 in reply to "RE: Market reality"
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"windows doesn't come with any development capabilites at all."

Actually, that's not true. The .NET runtime comes with, at least, the C# and VB.NET compilers (search for "csc.exe").

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RE: Market reality
by twenex on Tue 12th Sep 2006 16:39 in reply to "Market reality"
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The Windows Registry "cleans things up" in the same way that the Exxon Valdez cleaned up large parts of Alaskan wildlife. Linux stores system-wide configuration in /etc, and sometimes in /usr/X11R6, with user-customised configuration in files *named after the app* in their home directory.

If Linux were more like Windows, but still used plain text files for configuration, some of the system wide stuff would be in users' home directories, some of the user-specific stuff would be in /etc, and most of both would be in /opt/$APPLICATION/$SM_NON-STNDRD_APP-SPCFC_DIR. Worse, whilst a computer if need be can easily convert a text file to a binary format, how many humans do you know who can easily convert an undocumented binary format to a text file?

If Linux were more like Windows and it used a Registry, administrators would constantly bitch about how difficult it was to fix, and how just about every application installation, configuration change, or foul-up would need a reboot and/or reinstallation. All else being equal, Linux would have got exactly NOWHERE on the desktop, and server administrators would look at it and say "Look! Now you can have all the disadvantages of Unix, with all the disadvantages of Windows!"

Edited 2006-09-12 16:44

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