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Thread: What's wrong with linux?

  1. #11
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    Re: What's wrong with linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdalbum View Post
    When was the last time you heard about a distro other than Ubuntu really doing anything new and exciting?
    You raise several good points, but if you think about it Ubuntu reached the top not with revolutionary innovations but by concentrating in small details like making pendrives automount, making CD writers work out-of-the-box, having a preselection of software that made sense, etc. All little details. Ubuntu's stagnation and decrease in number of users (according to Wikimedia stats) came toghether with the drastic changes we've seen lately.

    And who cares about the headlines when they come before the lines of code? I can't apt-get install headline, can you?

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    Re: What's wrong with linux?

    Well ... That's a pretty wide opened question that can be even further expanded....What's wrong with computer technology in general? I believe that there's a tool for just about everyone, the problem is how to decide which tool is the correct one for any one individual. Locked down OSx might be the way for some folks, wide open Linux preferred by others.

    A simple corollary is that of a carpenter choosing a hammer. Some might be very interested in metallurgy and wand to know annealing temperatures and all sorts of particulars of how that hammer head was forged. Others simply purchase a hammer and drive the nails. One must reserve judgement until the finished cabinet / house /chair or whatever is used.

    I think the same can be said about computer technology judge the results of how one uses the tool not the process of building the tool. That is unless one is a computer software or hardware engineer.

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    Re: What's wrong with linux?

    Greetings all,

    in trying to establish a audio/video home studio, I went through some ten years of unspeakable Windows misery; on XP, still - where for every problem solved you'd get at at least three fresh ones back, time and anon. That was until a flatmate introduced me to Linux Ubuntu, about three or four years ago.

    What I hate most about Windows is how insufferably patronising it can be; and a real pain in the backside if serious problems occur. Compared to this, Linux is a breath of fresh air, in my experience: my current platform is DreamStudio 12.04 LTS - and I'm really chuffed with it.

    For some Linux aspects, however, a grade in IT seems to be required. As a relative latecomer in the IT area, I'm definitely not in this league - so if more complicated errors occur and I can't get them sorted out via the forums, I'm stuck. I'll never make the grade as an IT engineer, I suspect, so I'd need some hands-on support, from time to time. There isn't any in Ubuntu that I know of - and that's a bit of a flaw, I think: in the whole of London, where I live, I know of only one business and two individuals to turn to if things are going a little over my head!

    The same goes for some applications: video capturing, for instance. Try and get an EasyCap capturing device to work in Ubuntu - and you'll find yourself in a right nightmare. It goes way beyond the scope of average users like me; and testament to this are most contributions regarding the subject on Ubuntu forums: highly specialistic, almost without exception. Music notation is also slightly cumbersome and time-consuming, since it is impossible to put in more than one note at a time.

    Much as I'd like to ditch Windows completely, it's just not going to happen, I'm afraid. At present, I'm using the best of Ubuntu in combination with the best of Windows 7: DreamStudio for music production (Audacity, Rackarrak -Ardour, sometimes; considering Hydrogen and some virtual keyboards) and some aspects of video processing (VLC for video format transformation, PiTiVi for editing).

    For easy music notation, however, I still turn to Sibelius on Windows (AudioScore in particular); and Windows is also the place to go for actually capturing VHS and DVD content without any fuss whatsoever. In other words: Ubuntu 12.04 is, was and will remain my main staple, without a sliver of adoubt - but Windows still comes in as a handy auxiliary for the (very few) things for which no satisfactory solution is available in Ubuntu.

    For me personally, taking the best of two worlds seems the only solution conceivable, under the circumstances. And, by the by, the one I'm most comfortable with.

    tnob
    Last edited by cariboo907; March 19th, 2013 at 03:47 PM. Reason: remove huge font size to comply with the forum code of conduct

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    Re: What's wrong with linux?

    How does the launchpad work? If I report a bug there, does all the available distros know about it or just the one I reported in? Who are the mainteners? Are they just for the current specific distro or several?

    I am trying to say that are the bugs reported repeately to different system mainteners? That would be a waste of resources.

    Someone pointed out that Linux doesn't do something different anymore. I think one reason is lack of skills. How many really can develop own program even he can imagine it in his mind? Then there is lack of time too.

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    Re: What's wrong with linux?

    Thank you for your clear answer about how bugs are wiped away. It makes a lot of sense.

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    Re: What's wrong with linux?

    it's a tool. depends what you want it for, dunnit!

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