Linked by David Adams on Fri 18th Jun 2010 19:17 UTC
Linux Linux Magazine has a profile of Daniel Fore and the Elementary project. Elementary is a Linux distro that's committed to a clean and simple user experience, but it's more than a distro - it's actually a multi-pronged effort to make improvements to the user experience for a whole ecosystem of components, including icons, a GTK theme, Midori improvements, Nautilus, and even Firefox. The work that elementary is doing isn't limited to their own distro, and some of their work is available in current, and perhaps future, Ubuntu releases. The results are really striking, and I think it's probably the handsomest Linux UI I've ever seen.
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ssa2204
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2006-04-22

Windows and OSX are far from perfect, and neither is any better than Linux.
In some areas they are, in other areas they are not. In the real world the two rarely compete. Most use an OS for a specific reason, and most (outside of raging fanbois like yourself) do not use Linux as a desktop OS.

The majority of use Windows, because that is the OS to which they are exposed, not because Windows has applications that Linux doesn't. The same assertion applies to OSX, although I would argue that it is possible that there are more Linux desktops in the world compared to OSX desktops.


Really? That is the reason? Or more likely you just simply can not come up with an excuse that has any real data. Hate to break the news to you kid, but there are a hell of a lot of people that quite willingly chose your hated Windows over Linux any freaking day of the week.

Furthermore, I dispute that Windows and OSX have a pool of professional "vertical" applications that Linux/open-source doesn't offer. Certainly, Windows, OSX and Linux "out-do" each other on an individual program basis, but one OS does not dominate over another in terms of which has the best professional-quality applications. If you doubt this claim, perhaps you would care to list the Windows/OSX apps which have no better in Linux/open-source.


Why bother listing. Clueless people will think that just about anything would have an equivalency, whether it really does or not. I could mention AutoCAD, to which some twit will pop out some idiotic link to some half ass amateur product thinking they are equal. God knows the clueless FOSS fanbois think there really is competitors to something like Premiere, or hell how about Exchange. Talk about massive failure to come up with a decent competitor there. Does FOSS have anything even close to Active Directory (and all of it's capabilities and supporting roles)? If you even think of saying yes, then you really are one ignorant kid.

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tupp Member since:
2006-11-12

Most use an OS for a specific reason,

Most use an OS for web browsing, email, cell phone, writing, etc. Is that what you mean by "specific?"


and most (outside of raging fanbois like yourself) do not use Linux as a desktop OS.

Ha! I would certainly say that what you say is so, compared to Windows, but I am not sure that the same is true when compared to OSX.

I guess the important thing is, "so what?"


The majority of use Windows, because that is the OS to which they are exposed, not because Windows has applications that Linux doesn't.
Really? That is the reason? Or more likely you just simply can not come up with an excuse that has any real data.

I'm still waiting for you to come up with the long list that proves your point.


Hate to break the news to you kid, but there are a hell of a lot of people that quite willingly chose your hated Windows over Linux any freaking day of the week.

I suggest that you study this page very carefully: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reading_comprehension

The point is that the reason that people would choose Windows over another OS is because Windows is all they know.

So, more people would rather use Windows. Again, "so what?" That doesn't make Windows better.


I could mention AutoCAD, to which some twit will pop out some idiotic link to some half ass amateur product thinking they are equal.

Geez! I never would have seen that one coming!

Again, one platform might have one program that is superior, but no OS is dominant in multiple areas.

I don't know much a bout CAD software, so I'll let you have that as a piece of software in which Windows has an advantage.


God knows the clueless FOSS fanbois think there really is competitors to something like Premiere, or hell how about Exchange. Talk about massive failure to come up with a decent competitor there.

I included all Linux software, not just open-source.

Please explain how Adobe Premier surpasses these high-end Linux NLE/compositors:
http://www.ifxsoftware.com/ant
http://www.ifxsoftware.com/ant3d
http://www.ifxsoftware.com/products/piranha
http://www.ifxsoftware.com/products/piranha-stereo


Does FOSS have anything even close to Active Directory (and all of it's capabilities and supporting roles)? If you even think of saying yes, then you really are one ignorant kid.

I don't even know what Active Directory is or does. It sounds like a nerdlinger IT app.

Okay. I'll give you that one, too!

So, Autocad and Active Directory are the only two programs that prove that Windows is better than Linux? Is that all you got?

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cycoj Member since:
2007-11-04

Funny that you mention Autocad, AFAIK there's no OS X version for it either, so in your argumentation OS X isn't a ready for the desktop either. Or exchange again, no OS X version. As a side node, I would argue that the number users who use windows because of Autocad is probably as big as the number of users who use Linux because of Gnome. Autocad is really not a consumer product, and to say otherwise is simple dishonest. That said if you have to run Autocad for work, it is probably a valid reason for using Windows (at least in a VM). About exchange, there are many Groupware suites around which provide the same functionality, but it's funny that you bring exchange up in a discussion about the Desktop, as it is a server application.

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