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Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris "Oracle today announced Oracle Solaris 11.1, delivering over 300 new performance and feature enhancements to the Oracle Solaris 11 product family." This stuff goes way over my head.
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ggeldenhuys
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2006-11-13

I can't believe 80% of Linux reviews are reviews of how pretty the installer is, the desktop theme and the default package selection.


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That drives me nuts as well! Those are the least significant parts of a running system.

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Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

"I can't believe 80% of Linux reviews are reviews of how pretty the installer is, the desktop theme and the default package selection.


+1
That drives me nuts as well! Those are the least significant parts of a running system.
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But sadly, the most important ones considered by possible users. The "first sight effect" is important here. So any OS, no matter how powerful it is, will not appeal if the installer isn't a pretty conglomerate of GUI dialogs, in sequential manner, with defaults tailored for desktop use. Even among "geeks" (those who actually install an OS, because ordinary users aren't aware of what it is) this seems to be more and more important, and mostly found in... Linux reviews, yes.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

So any OS, no matter how powerful it is, will not appeal if the installer isn't a pretty conglomerate of GUI dialogs, in sequential manner, with defaults tailored for desktop use.


If you are talking about home users, I agree with you.

In the enterprise world there are plenty of ugly OS to chose from. For example, I fail to see what systems still running VMS or OS/400 (now z/OS) have to do with pretty.

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jessesmith Member since:
2010-03-11

This is true. However, more to the point, if the installer doesn't work then it doesn't matter how great the rest of the OS is. I've seen some pretty interesting projects which simply wouldn't install on my hardware. At makes the installer a pretty important part of any review: how flexible it is, how it handles errors, whether it has sane defaults, etc.

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MacMan Member since:
2006-11-19

I can't believe 80% of Linux reviews are reviews of how pretty the installer is, the desktop theme and the default package selection.


Is there really anything else that distinguishes one Linux "distro" from another?

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