Linked by David Adams on Mon 24th Aug 2009 09:21 UTC
Linux A reader asks: Why is Linux still not as user friendly as the two other main OSes with all the people developing for Linux? Is it because it is mainly developed by geeks? My initial feeling when reading this question was that it was kind of a throwaway, kind of a slam in disguise as a genuine question. But the more I thought about it, the more intrigued I felt. There truly are a large amount of resources being dedicated to the development of Linux and its operating system halo (DEs, drivers, apps, etc). Some of these resources are from large companies (IBM, Red Hat, Novell). Why isn't Linux more user-friendly? Is this an inherent limitation with open source software?
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Anarchy
by sbergman27 on Tue 25th Aug 2009 04:05 UTC
sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

I've just spent 2 days trying to get two different cellular broadband services working... unsuccessfully... with Linux.

The problem is clear. Linux is badly fragmented. Fragmented enough that 3rd parties just shrug their shoulders and support the targets that are easier to support. Windows and Mac. I've been an advocate of Unix on the desktop for 20 years. And I'm about to give up. I hate Linux today. To the point that I considered just buying a copy of Vista and having done with it all. (Those who know me can feel free to be appropriately shocked now.)

It's the anarchy. The community, a tiny minority of the greater world, is so busy insisting that everything has to be done in their own way... except that they can't even agree on a single way, or even 2 ways of doing anything, that the greater world just laughs and walks on.

We're never going to win because we sabotage ourselves so, and I'm thinking I should just cut my loses... my 21 years worth of them... and join the human race.

Wireless-less and tired in Oklahoma City, and $529 poorer for having made the attempt.

-Steve

P.S. This "reality" thing is really weird.

Edited 2009-08-25 04:15 UTC

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RE: Anarchy
by Soulbender on Tue 25th Aug 2009 12:32 in reply to "Anarchy"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Steve, take a deep breath and calm down. You seem to have been under a lot of stress lately and you're not acting rationally.
Seriously, wireless broadband is a pain in the ass on any platform. Even when it "works" it doesn't actually work well. I like to liken mine to having the speed of a 19200 modem but none of the reliability.

Wireless-less and tired in Oklahoma City, and $529 poorer for having made the attempt.


$529!? For cellular wireless broadband? Holy crap they're ripping you off over there. My, admittedly prepaid, wireless broadband cost me ~$50 including the Huawei modem thing and 5 hours of airtime. Works flawlessly with Linux (Ubuntu) I might add.

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RE: Anarchy
by DrillSgt on Tue 25th Aug 2009 12:41 in reply to "Anarchy"
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

Wireless-less and tired in Oklahoma City, and $529 poorer for having made the attempt.

-Steve

P.S. This "reality" thing is really weird.


Well, did you try Sprint? As much as I hate them, I was using the Ovation UV720, (at least I think that was the model), with OpenSUSE and fedora. There is unofficial Sprint support for it on Linux. Is a USB modem, and it worked last year when I passed through Oklahoma City in September 2008.

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RE: Anarchy
by FooBarWidget on Tue 25th Aug 2009 15:55 in reply to "Anarchy"
FooBarWidget Member since:
2005-11-11

Funny that you're mentioning that. My wireless broadband USB dongle works fine in Ubuntu but not at all in Vista.

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