On 2019-02-04, Peter Flass <***@yahoo.com> wrote:
Post by Peter Flass
As a longtime Linux user (like Andreas migrated from OS/2) I can’t
understand why Linux is not used more as a desktop OS.
As a corporate or an individual? If the former, you need a support
contract; how much does that cost from (e.g.) Red Hat or Canonical,
particularly compared to MS? IIRC, the costs are very similar, in
which case why bother swimming against the tide.
If the latter, then you still need technical ability that's way beyond
what even a reasonably technical home computer user has. I've
just migrated from Mint 17 MATE on a Core Duo machine to Mint 19
Cinnamon on a new i7, and believe me, I know. It took me an entire
day to get my Epson scanner working, and that involved dismantling
two packages and installing pieces from each, writing a udev
rule and linking the SANE libaries to where iscan expects them
from where the Linux geeks moved them. Contrast with my Macbook,
where I plugged it in and installed the Epson app. It's clunky, but
I also seem to have lost all my editor extensions, since gedit
has now changed, and although in theory you can write extensions
for xed, the process is (i) much more complicated than it was
& (ii) totally undocumented.
Linux devs seem to delight in playing with bells and whistles, to
no particular benefit that I can see (the latest "great" idea seems
to be not only to make it confusing as to which bits of the UI
are buttons and which bits are decoration, but to hide the buttons
completely (so-called X-Apps)), but are not interested in
fixing fundamental issues; bugs sit on their reporting system(s) for
years; MATE will still not play video without "tearing" artefacts.
Mind you, given that I provide support to my non-technical wife and
elderly mother, I'd argue that no O/S is ready for the average user,
although macOS (wife) seems better than Windows (Mother) in that
respect, even if the Apple fanboi "just works" mantra is a joke.
IMNHO, they're all shit. Just in different ways. Given the pain I've
just been through with the Mint migration, I suspect that if I live
long enough to have to do it again, I'm going to get a Mac, and spend
my declining years complaining about how shitty Finder is.
(FTAOD, I've never owned a Windows machine. My first "home computer"
was a SPARCstation 1+ scrounged from work, and I stayed with Sun until
Oracle took over, then I went to Ubuntu until they introduced Unity,
then I switched to Mint.)
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