Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Aug 2012 20:46 UTC
Linux "For years now, Linux has been a black sheep standing in the shadow of Apple and Microsoft. Despite having a fervent and enthusiastic following, the operating system hasn't been able to grab a sizable share of the computing market and has instead been content to subsist on the customers that come away dissatisfied with the mainstream competition. But that may be about to change. With the release of Microsoft Windows 8 on the horizon, some are saying Linux may have a great opportunity to steal a significant share of the market away from Microsoft, allowing it to finally take the helm as a major operating system service provider." This has to stop, and the only reason I'm linking to this nonsense is to make this very clear: Linux will not magically conquer the desktop or even make any significant gains because of Windows 8. People who don't like Windows 8 (Vista) will continue to use Windows 7 (Windows XP). This is getting so tiring. And does it even matter? Linux is winning big time in the mobile space, server space, and countless other spaces. The desktop is and always has been irrelevant to Linux.
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RE[6]: X Sucks
by ze_jerkface on Wed 29th Aug 2012 04:30 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: X Sucks"
ze_jerkface
Member since:
2012-06-22

Perhaps not the best example but the real problem is that the solution to a seemingly simple problem requires too many steps and command line use for the average user.

Here is a better one:
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=71894

Still too much command line dependence. Sound has the same problem. Linux needs a GUI hardware manager, no one should have to edit xorg.conf.

Linux on the desktop just ain't ready from Grammy. Neither is Windows 8 and I would much rather leave Grammy with an Android tablet if it makes you feel any better.

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RE[7]: X Sucks
by AnyoneEB on Wed 29th Aug 2012 17:58 in reply to "RE[6]: X Sucks"
AnyoneEB Member since:
2008-10-26

Still too much command line dependence. Sound has the same problem. Linux needs a GUI hardware manager, no one should have to edit xorg.conf.

You mean like https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BulletProofX and https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DisplayConfigGTK which were added to Ubuntu years ago? (I don't remember which release precisely, but those pages are dated 2008.)

Linux forums deal with text files and CLI solutions because they are easier to communicate. There is a pure GUI way to execute the solution recommended in the thread you linked... but it would have been harder to explain than "paste exactly this text into a terminal/config file". The fact that there is often no easy way to change a setting on the command line in Windows makes it significantly harder to discuss problems and fixes via a forum.

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