Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jul 2007 22:42 UTC, submitted by WillM
Linux "Remember the 1980s worries about how the 'forking' of Unix could hurt that operating system's chances for adoption? That was nothing compared to the mess we've got today with Linux, where upwards of 300 distributions vie for the attention of computer users seeking an alternative to Windows."
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RE: Maybe he's right ...
by Captain Halibut on Fri 20th Jul 2007 01:09 UTC in reply to "Maybe he's right ..."
Captain Halibut
Member since:
2007-04-08

With you there WorknMan. [OS order - XP/OSX/Zeta..BeOS] I've tried maybe 10 different flavours of Linux, and ultimately, what makes me wipe them is pure & simple typographical/UI ugliness. [Relax, this is clearly not a technical appraisal] Linuxpeeps, you're not handsome, not even in a certain light.

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RE[2]: Maybe he's right ...
by twenex on Fri 20th Jul 2007 07:13 in reply to "RE: Maybe he's right ..."
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

You should come to my house, where we have three Windows PCs and one Linux box. The fonts on the Linux box and one of the Windows PC's are lovely, and the fonts on the other two Windows' boxen suck. And it was as easy to set them up right in Linux as in Windows. What are you using, twm?

Plus, the Linux box has been reinstalled from scratch once in the last two years, and it was a hell of a lot easier, that one time, than any of the multiple Windows reloads I've had to do in the last quarter. Even without a lovely cuddly graphical screen. Which, by the way, Windows doesn't give you until you've done the partitioning.

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RE[2]: Maybe he's right ...
by chemical_scum on Fri 20th Jul 2007 09:26 in reply to "RE: Maybe he's right ..."
chemical_scum Member since:
2005-11-02

what makes me wipe them is pure & simple typographical/UI ugliness.

On my Ubuntu Feisty with Font Preference; Smoothing Grayscale, Hinting None. The fonts look much nicer than the fonts on my Win XP system at work. The Linux fonts look pretty much the same as the fonts on a Mac but the Windows fonts look all emaciated and ugly. I would wipe the Win box and replace it with Ubuntu if I could get away with it.

Certainly the properly set up Linux fonts look much better on the same system compared to XP, when I use the Ubuntu live disk. Not like the old days five years ago when the Linux fonts looked definitely ugly.

Edited 2007-07-20 09:29

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