# SLUG Mailing List Archives

## [SLUG] Re: Linux news on slashdot

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• Subject: [SLUG] Re: Linux news on slashdot
• From: Angus Lees <gusl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
• Date: Thu Nov 30 08:19:40 2000
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> 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... :)

your problem is that the 3rd parties are 3rd.

as soon as nvidia gives up this silly little game, the drivers will be
assimilated and everyone can get on with things.

there is no reason for anyone to be a 3rd party (and we should not
encourage them to be so). after all, "3rd party" is just a euphemism
for "badly integrated".

(and we need to get linux OEM installs going, so users never have to
install. *this* is why the others appear easier)

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- Gus