Re: Video: Why Desktop Linux Sucks
I agree with SunnyRabierra. Linux needs to stay diverse in the contexts this video, and other posts are referring to. I will point out that linux has adopted many standards which have been standards for decades:
standard naming conventions
I say these are standards because you see them across variants of Linux and UNIX. Compared to windows, which has no standards, but sets "standards" with EVERY release of their OS which they rarely abide by. I've seen c:\windows, c:\WINNT c:\WINDOWS, I've seen the registry absolutely mutilated beyond recognition of its original intent from Microsofts own apps and patches, I've seen ACL and security changes, both in ideology and technicality, with just about every windows release. So how can you exactly say there are "standards" for linux's only real widespread competition? Where is your baseline, and is it really a baseline you want to hold linux to? Not me...
Linux has standards imposed where standards need to be, which allows for everything else to mold as technology demands it to mold. IMO, this is the only reason linux is even in any sort of the state it is in today from a visibility standpoint. Sure linux has problems. Software WILL ALWAYS have problems. I'm not above saying linux has, and always will have, plenty which needs fixing. Why the linux desktop sucks is an opinion. To me, this doesn't hold any water. I'm perfectly capable of forming my own informed opinion. Simply put, if it sucked, I certainly wouldn't have been using it the last 3-4 years as my primary OS. I do not consider myself a linux apologetic, I just feel confident that for my uses of a desktop, linux does exceedingly better than anything else out there. Considering also that I put food on the table and a roof over my head based on how I support and implement linux, UNIX, and some limited Windows still (not near as much as I used to), I must be accurate on some level, or I probably wouldn't be doing what I do for a living.
Last edited by toupeiro; May 1st, 2009 at 05:35 PM.
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