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Re: [SLUG] Linux news on slashdot
- To: raster@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Linux news on slashdot
- From: Dean Hamstead <zort@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu Nov 30 10:35:31 2000
- Cc: enterfornone@xxxxxxxxxxx, slug@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Organization: BONG
- Reply-to: dean@xxxxxxxxxxx
> installing software on linux is a pain - compared to windows. - you
> have to find the right file - read a readme - figure out how to
> decompress/run/do somethngt with that file - get a Cd of 3rd party
> software (linux has distros - but they will never answer everything -
> in the end 3rd party is going to be the "big thing" and it's important
> it gets worked out) and you actually have to go to a lot of effort to
> read the readme - set things up (quake3 is an example) - installign
> drivers is a real pain. under windows installing 4rd party software is
> just a matter of sticking the CD in - same with drivers. windows takes
> it from there - pops up the autorun thing -where you get a nice big
> "install me" button or "uninstall" etc. - its just so much less pain
> and wokr than linux. linxu means u have to be nigh a guru to get 3rd
> party drivers working - getting nvidia's 3d to work is an example -
> everyone at work seems to keep coming to me to "fix" their machines by
> setting this up because i'm one of the few guys around who knwos how to
> make it work - and this is in engineering at VA... just think of the
> poor average joe schmo user... and this is just where the examples
> start... :)
I agree with Mr Raster. But my question is do you want things simple?
Remembering that simplicity removes control and increases ambiguity.
Personally i like getting source, un tarring, configuring, haking the
makefile a little sometimes and getting it going.
Ultimately it comes down to whom software is being developed for.
IMO linux is good as is, spending alot of time these days in OS's that
really arent ment for the faint hearted (openbsd for example) has really
brought this to light for me.
As a Unix admin the powers that be want stuff done and (for me) they
dont care how. They're happy when it costs less and is an effective
solution and that suits me fine.
I also think theirs a limit as to how user friendly computers can be
out AI. I mean, for some people a mouse is hard to use, and reading
messages is really a big task.
As for nvidia, well i dont buy 3dfx cards because they are value for
(has anyone got nvidia cards to run accelerated on 2.4.x??)
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