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Between Googlerola, the tempestuous software patent storm, HP's shenanigans and the one-two punch delivered by CmdrTaco and Steve Jobs, we've surely displayed all the stamina any group of completely overwhelmed souls could reasonably be expected to have. Time now for a little fun. And how do Linux bloggers have fun? That's right, by engaging in a little high-spirited debate -- not of some weighty, industry-changing subject this time, though, but of a matter very close to all of our hearts. It's time, in other words, to ask the question once again: Which distro is best?
Debian sure is nice, especially if you have a low end and still want good speed debian comes to rescue.
@hairyfeet Linux is a distrobution used and maintained by the brightest community of programmers and developers. The people who are drawn to linux-based distros are not happy with the confines that windows produce. With windows you do not have the power you have with linux. Linux is not for the faint of mind. Sure, you need to learn a lot of information to be able to use the linux to its fullest, but when you do you have the whole world wide web at your fingertips. With windows you have only what they let you use, and is controlled and censored. Wake up and see what is happening to technology and the freedom of information. Soon this world will be on lock down if people like you slander and push linux out.
Ihave downloaded and used various Linux Distros. Some are better in usability than others but they always have problems when going beyond the simplest things. For example when I downloaded the latest Ubuntu it turned out that I could not play music without trying to get more junk down and installed and I just got mad an unistalled it. I know the developers are trying to make the best thing they can, but as a as an experienced computer USER I can tell you if you don't get all the basic requirements in the distro AND make adding/installing other likely adjustments and additions easier and clearer, you will never improve the position of Linux in the world of the average USER. A five or six or ten step process to add common functionalities will not work in the real world of the USER.
Right in the butt. You see right now Linux seems to be controlled by what I call "The FOSSies" which are militant CLI junkies that think nothing of telling you "open up bash and type" this huge mess of gobbledygook and pretend that it is what you should enjoy or actually WANT to do with your weekend. Oh and you'll have to "tweak" said gobbledygook because it was written for hardware a rev c and you have hardware f rev h and it just won't work on that!
I have actually had people tell me that users are morons if they don't want to live in a Bash term and that difficult makes you smarter, because easy must be for dummies. He even brought up start>run like Windows users actually use that to run their programs!
But until they adopt a GUI only mantra along with KISS principles users like you will get bit right in the butt. there should NEVER be a need for Bash, there should NEVER be a need for more than 3 clicks to do ANY common task, it should be based on the motto of "simple and intuitive" and the user should be job #1.
Sadly I just don't see that happening, even Canonical is just putting lipstick on the pig. Adding a shiny coat doesn't make it better, only a solid GUI centric design will do that! But if you want a perfect example of why Linux is failing, just look at Android, the closest most will ever come to Linux. what is it? All GUI, no CLI, all three clicks or less for the tasks the majority will use. Kind of reminds me of something...oh yeah...what I have been saying here for years!
The users have spoken, and the word is consumers. they want GUI, they want simple, they want NO CLI, they want less than 3 clicks easy. Give them what they want and watch Linux explode on the scene, don't? See Mr Frustrated EX Linux user above.
A lot of the issues damn50 mentions is due to patent fears. The mpeg audio and video formats are encumbered. I don't think debian includes those things by default either, but really its just a one step apt-get install process.
Did you catch it? I'll highlight it. "but really its just a one step APT-GET install process". Do you see it now?
The word is CONSUMERS in giant flaming 50 foot neaon, yet every. single. question. or problem in Linux gets a "open up bash and type" answer, why? because the programmers have a raging nostalgia for the days of computer clubs? do you get a free neckbeard with that?
The user HAVE SPOKEN and CLI is a giant kiss of death fail. do you see links to CMD on the Win desktop? How about on the iPad? Does iPad even HAVE a terminal?
You have a truly great OS, tons of free software, nice DEs, but this one stupid stubborn hanging on to 40 year old tech is gonna be the downfall of linux. Even in servers Windows is now winning 70% to 30% and the reason? As a Linux server admin told me "Linux is great IF YOU ALREADY KNOW THE COMMANDS and have done the task before and know the steps. but if you are given a completely new task? Then WINDOWS WINS because the GUI rewards exploration and by the time the Linux admin has figured out the correct commands the Windows admin is having a sandwich" and no truer words have been spoken.
ACCEPT THE CLI IS DEAD and move on already! Disco is dead, 8-track are no more, and the focus is consumers now, which means fiddly CLI needs to go to the dustbin of history where it belongs!
Open up bash and type is often the easiest way to do something. I've never seen an install method that is faster or easier than apt-get install <packagename>. Plus I almost always have a terminal open anyways. The GUI equivalent in ubuntu still requires you to type the package name and requires four clicks and a password beyond that. Though still simpler then a defualt windows installer. (open and explorer, navigate to the right directory, click on the setup file, chose or aprove the install location, chose or approve setup options, accept the EULA, and then the program starts installing.)
The syntax available on a gui is very simple, but ultimately not that expressive. The CLI will never die because of this fact. Though it requires more training, it lets you do a whole lot more. Bash is turing complete. No simple GUI that I know of is; unless it implements a text based interpreter (a.k.a. a shell or scripting language)
iOS doens't have a shell program, because Apple's TOS in the app store prohibit any user accessible interpreter, because god forbid anyone run a program that Apple doesn't want you to.