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Re: [SLUG] Linux news on slashdot
- To: raster@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Linux news on slashdot
- From: Rachel Polanskis <r.polanskis@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu Nov 30 13:16:36 2000
- Cc: enterfornone@xxxxxxxxxxx, slug@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Reply-to: r.polanskis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
On Wed, 29 Nov 2000 raster@xxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> On 29 Nov, enterfornone scribbled:
> -> On Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 08:43:35PM +1100, David wrote:
> -> >
> -> > Personally I believe that Linux has to be a LOT more user friendly before
> -> > desktop apps are going to be a serious issue.
> -> >
> -> > I am a lot more savvy than the average user, and I find myself constantly
> -> > struggling with configs and installs.
> -> Never having used mac I can't really compare, but installing a basic
> -> desktop distro is simple. There is a lot about Linux that is beyond
> -> the average user, but if you can install and configure Windows I can't see
> -> how you would have trouble installing Linux to the point where you can
> -> type letters and surf the web etc.
> -> What exactly do you find difficult (desktop wise?).
> installing software on linux is a pain - compared to windows. - you
Having used Solaris a lot, I have found that I really appreciate the
Now I know we have RPMs, and debs and all of that, but it's really
not as elegant as being able to do "pkgadd -d PKGname" on your system
and then have everything installed in a logical way.
I have nothing against the other forms of pkg management, in fact I tried
them all, but I have always found the pkgmgt tools so easy to use.
I tried making packages with RPM for example and then with the Solaris
version but I always found that people preferred my Solaris packages
easier to use (I have released a lot of packages for the Sun community).
If there was a standardised package install routine across the various
Linux breeds, that would go a long way towards making the end user more
comfortable with their system config. As I have found with Solaris,
even device drivers can be installed and configured this way, which
makes it even easier for the end users.
I know the Solaris way is not the only, or the best way, but it
is fairly intuitive and well understood from both the user perspective
and from an admin creating the packages themselves...
Rachel Polanskis Kingswood, Greater Western Sydney, Australia
"People don't say sorry in this country" - Max Connors (Seachange)