Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jul 2005 11:55 UTC, submitted by Swank1
Linux Are there too many Linux distributions currently available? Can there be too many? This article explores the effect of the large number of distros out right now and suggests that progress could possibly be made through a consolidation.
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RE: are linux fans on drugs?
by jziegler on Thu 14th Jul 2005 19:21 UTC in reply to "are linux fans on drugs?"
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Oh yeah. I'm enjoying my drugs, thank you ;) . (Hello Echelon employee ;)

For example, I am technical person, but it just kills me everytime I have to install software on Linux
If typing apt-get install program-name kills you, you are not a technical person. At least not in the IT field. Simply, I don't believe that. I do not expect my mum to be able to type it, but definitely I expect an IT person to be able to do that.

I have to go through some damn package manager
See, that is the problem. Mine is blessed and has super-cow powers. Maybe you should get an exorcist to take the damnation off your package manager.

Why do I have to manage "packages"
How about some definition?
From WordNet (r) 2.0 :

n 1: a collection of things wrapped or boxed together [syn: bundle,
packet, parcel]
2: a wrapped container [syn: parcel]
3: (computer science) written programs or procedures or rules
and associated documentation pertaining to the operation
of a computer system and that are stored in read/write
memory; "the market for software is expected to expand"
[syn: software, software system, software package]
[ant: hardware]
v : put into a box; "box the gift, please" [syn: box] [ant: unbox]

A debian package definitely fits the 3rd definition. With a little abstraction, it fits the first as well. Which is synonymous with "bundle". That one is AFAIK used for OS X software and NeXT software. I don't hear anyone complaining about that. I claim you are barking up the wrong tree.

And the directory names... I think are the proof of the drug influence.
Maybe they did some drugs, when the first version of Unix has been developed. If you did at least some research, you would have noticed that the directory names are historical.

If you use the command-line, typing less is better. If you click around in your favourite DE, directory names are not that important. Most of the "clicking" people don't leave their home directories and removable-media mount-points. There, you can name your directories whaterver you want.

p.s. note to self: stop replying to trolls.

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anda_skoa Member since:

Mine is blessed and has super-cow powers

Hehe, exactly! ;)

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mini-me Member since:

I don't do drugs - I am a clean boy - although I do get boozed up from time to time - I guess that's why I am a BSD person ;)
ok - couldn't resist the humor! :-)
Now back to serious issues like RPM vs PKG and the future of linux ;)

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