Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Feb 2009 14:11 UTC
Linux With Linux traditionally coming in many, many flavours, a common call among some Linux fans - but mostly among people who actually do not use Linux - is to standardise all the various distributions, and work from a single "one-distribution-to-rule-them-all". In a recent interview, Linus Tovalds discarded the idea, stating that he thinks "it's something absolutely required!"
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RE: The problem with distros...
by ricegf on Wed 4th Feb 2009 16:47 UTC in reply to "The problem with distros..."
ricegf
Member since:
2007-04-25

I use Ubuntu and I still don't know what is the 'right' way to connect my wireless. I end up using wifi-radar. Whereas in Windows, there is one network manager.


Um, no. At least, not in my (quite non-trivial but still anecdotal) experience.

Every Windows PC I have seen in the past 2 years (several dozen) has the Windows network manager and the vendor's "easy to use" network manager both installed and active, and in every case trying to sort out which is controlling what has been a real pain. In one memorable instance with my Dell D630 corporate laptop, the help desk went through 3 technicions before we got a stable connection to an n-type router. It's a freaking nightmare.

On Ubuntu, on the same Dell D630 notebook as the nightmare above, but running Ubuntu 8.10 Live from a CD, I click the network icon in the upper right and select my wireless network, and I'm done. It works perfectly out of the box... er, CD. Same experience on about a dozen laptops and desktops I've tried - and one notable failure, on my daughter's laptop, where the wireless wouldn't configure on Windows Vista *or* Linux, but what the heck.

Maybe if Linux held an almost 90% market share like Windows, hardware vendors would write their own competing "easier" network managers, and Linux users would live the nightmare, too. But as it is, the problem you describe has been a Windows problem in my experience, NOT a Linux problem.

(One anecdote proves nothing, but my anecdote's as good as yours, etc. etc. etc. :-)

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weildish Member since:
2008-12-06

One thing I've learned in my Windows adventures is to never, NEVER use the junk that comes preinstalled from the OEM. I always uninstall everything that comes preinstalled unless it's something I was planning to install anyway (which it usually isn't). Those "easier to use" network managers just muck everything up and are worse than both Linux's and Windows' managers, or at least worse than Ubuntu's, which I used and had a lot of trouble with at first, but then figured it out later on.

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