View Poll Results: What does "ready for the desktop" mean to you?

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  • Any person can install it on any computer without any problems

    1,609 34.95%
  • Anyone can use it once it's already been installed and configured

    2,414 52.43%
  • Every commercial application works on it

    453 9.84%
  • Nothing--it's a nonsensical term

    704 15.29%
  • It automatically detects most hardware without the need to hunt down drivers

    2,236 48.57%
  • It comes preinstalled on computers so novice users don't have to install it

    889 19.31%
  • It's suitable to the needs of most beginner users but not necessarily to most intermediate ones

    568 12.34%
  • Windows and nothing else... not even Mac OS X

    46 1.00%
  • Works on my desktop

    1,199 26.04%
  • Other (please explain)

    166 3.61%
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Thread: Linux Desktop Readiness Thread

  1. #1021
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    Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

    Re: Linux is NOT ready for the desktop!!! Sorry folks.

    NOT ready!!!
    Oh dear, and here I am, innocently using it as if it was! Does this mean I'll have to get rid of it?

  2. #1022
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    Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon

    Re: Linux is NOT ready for the desktop!!! Sorry folks.

    Quote Originally Posted by briancurtin
    i still dont get why people keep banging their heads so much and flipping out when **** doesnt work. you are not locked down to ubuntu, believe it or not. you gave this a good shot; it looks like you tried a lot of stuff, and it still doesnt work. try another distro.

    i love ubuntu so far in my limited use of it, but if it doesnt work for you, try something else. i ran SuSE for 6 months and submitted a bug report about a problem i was having with my fans constantly running. i worked with the devs and found a half-assed solution. it was good for a few days, but it wasnt working how i wanted it so i jumped ship to fedora. go try something else, rather than say linux is not ready for the desktop. thats everyones last resort
    That's flipping true. You don't like Ubuntu, switch to MEPIS, SUSE, Mandriva, Fedora, whatever, there are tons of distros out there...
    www.distrowatch.org

  3. #1023
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
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    Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn

    Re: Linux is NOT ready for the desktop!!! Sorry folks.

    I usually don't reply to the "not ready" threads but one thing that struck me was the number of attempts to get a distro that would work for me. I started with Caldera, tried Red Hat times 2, Mandrake, Fedora, and Suse. The 7th go around with Ubuntu was a winner for me.

    I am also not going to critize the OP when its clear he tried everything to get it to work for him. Sometimes you gotta blow off some steam. (Don't ask how I got through nursing school)

  4. #1024
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
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    Berkeley, CA
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    Hardy Heron (Ubuntu Development)

    Re: Linux is NOT ready for the desktop!!! Sorry folks.

    In Windows, all the files, or almost, needed to install the software is included with the installer of the software. dlls.
    Obviously you have never heard of dll hell
    Dependency problems exist in windows too. Unfortunately because of MS muscle and/or money (take your pick) you dont see much of it simply because vendors are muscled/bought (think walmart) into providing for it. It also has to do with market share, but then thats a more ideological discussion for another time and another thread.

    Re: OP -
    Frustration is part of the learning process. Inspite of running a hospital with 100s of computers my father still blows up trying to use windows (which somehow he never learned to use). On the other hand my wife after a decade of windows use, smoothly transitioned to Ubuntu. Occasionally she runs into trouble playing embedded video, but other than that shes useing it fine. Heck shes getting to be a pretty good CLI user too.Ranting is ok provided it is clearly marked as such. Ranting without letting the audience know that you are blowing steam will only draw scorn.

    I sympathise with your sentiments, however blaming the software does not solve the problem. I am sorry you were unable to get the answers you needed, hopefully you can get some now. All I can say is be patient and I can assure you that the rewards will be sweeeet.

    AM
    Last edited by amohanty; December 29th, 2005 at 08:55 AM.
    AM

  5. #1025
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    Oct 2005
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    Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

    Re: Linux is NOT ready for the desktop!!! Sorry folks.

    what features does word perfect have that others don't, have you tried any other software?
    There is an easy way, and a hard way to do things.
    If you're anything like me, you've tried to do things things the hard way,

    and broke something.......

    (\ /)
    (O.o)
    (> <)

  6. #1026
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    Dec 2005
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    Re: Linux is NOT ready for the desktop!!! Sorry folks.

    oh god this stupid thread is still going...

    Just use OO or abword

  7. #1027
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
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    California
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    Re: Linux is NOT ready for the desktop!!! Sorry folks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. E
    Linux is NOT ready for the desktop!!! Sorry folks.
    Just to let you know, you're wrong. Linux is not ready for YOUR desktop.
    I've been using Linux for about 3 months now and I barely use Windows any more. Linux is absolutely ready for my desktop. Your desktop is not "the desktop", as everyone has different needs.

  8. #1028
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
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    Ubuntu Breezy 5.10

    Smile Re: Linux is NOT ready for the desktop!!! Sorry folks.

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    AMD64 3000+, 512MB DDR, 120GB SATA, RADEON 9550 @ Linux
    I'm still expanding my Linux knowledge and I'm enjoying every minute of it =D>

  9. #1029
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    Feb 2005
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    Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn

    Re: Linux is NOT ready for the desktop!!! Sorry folks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo_Escobar
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    heh i like that
    No Sig Here

  10. #1030
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
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    San Jacinto, California
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    Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

    Re: Linux is NOT ready for the desktop!!! Sorry folks.

    I agree with the original post. Linux/Ubuntu is not ready to be mainstreamed. It is a fun operating system to play with. I guess you have the bragging rights that you are using something that others do not even know about. I first used a Tandy TRS-80 with a tape drive 20+ years ago. I then moved on to DOS, Windows 3.1, OS/2, Win95, Win98, Win Me, and XP. They all had their benefits but my favorite was OS/2. Anyway, my point is that I have been messing with Ubuntu for a couple of months and I still can not print to my Brother printer that is hooked up to my router. I also am having problems with installing java. I have found several ways to install Java and none of them work. Then, my Toshiba A65 (3.06G HT, 1G Ram, 100G HD, DL DVDR) heats up to the point of shutting down when I use Ubuntu. I have to place a household fan behind it to keep it cool and run Ubuntu. When I use XP, it does not heat up that much. I'm starting to think that Linux is just trying to re-invent the wheel and it is not round anymore. I may be reformatting my HD later today and waiting a few years to try Linux again.

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