Re: Linux Desktop Readiness Thread
To add to that, the XP wireless utility only goes by network SSID for connections. So for instance if you were on a network called "linksys" and it's in your preferred networks, when you shutdown and go to a different location if there is a network called "linksys" it will connect to it again. Even if there is another preferred network in the area with a better connection strength you have to manually switch them. G-N-M on the other hand will check signal strength as well as the SSID so if you are around a stronger network that is also in your preferred list it will connect to it instead. One thing I wish it had is a way to view and edit list of preferred networks.
Originally Posted by aysiu
I agree and disagree at the same time. It's has to do more with the developers themselves and how they are. Things are coded by those who know what to do for themselves for the most part. So it's like, "well it's supported and we can use it for the stuff we want, now we are bored lets go do something else". One of the best and worst things about Linux is that you can do ANYTHING yourself. So anyone can code those GUI's, on the other hand it allows developers to have "well someone else is gonna do it if they need it" attitude. Though things are getting much better with companies that are there expressly to develop desktop Linux distros.
I think the reason that a lot of things are done halfway is two-fold: there isn't enough money involved in Desktop Linux and also that Desktop Linux is immature.
Windows was designed as a desktop system from the start whereas the emphasis on the desktop only recently (as in a couple of years) started for Linux.
I don't know I would have to disagree. SLED has a very good grasp of what is needed on the desktop, FC and Mandriva are also pretty good. I feel that Ubuntu is actually a good mix of ease of use and functionality. I have always found SuSE to be somewhat restrictive when it came to tweaking, mostly because the config files generated by YaST were pretty convuluted.
My personal opinion is that Ubuntu is the only distro that really understands what it takes to make a desktop. All the others forget the details.
Last edited by prizrak; July 14th, 2007 at 05:02 PM.
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