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February 28, 2007

Rant: About “Is Linux desktop ready?” nonsense

Filed under: linux, Tuxicity — tuxicity @ 6:05 pm

My response to:

Yet another Linux Desktop Ready story

With some useless insights about desktop readiness.

The writer tells us how PClinux could not provide him with sound, Freespire was too slow, Mepis had some problems with Skype, but Ubuntu seemed to work fine.

And now for the Bonus Comment of this story :

“An operating system that will not play AVIs or DVDs, run Nvidia graphics cards by default is of no use to God or Man. You can stand on an open sauce pulpit and say “though shalt not install proprietary software” but you will send more users rushing to Redmond for a Vista future.”

Dear mr Nick Farrell:

Every major Linux distro has forums and howto’s to get those drivers installed.
RTFM! as we used to say.
You just wrote a cheap story about nothing, and was meant for Microsoft users who have never tried Linux, because we Linux users know better, much better.




  1. For a second there i thought he was talking about Windows XP/ Vista

    XP and Vista both have No xvid.avi play back, no dvd playback support till you buy PowerDVD, WinDVD etc, no Nvidia graphics by default (XP need driver disc or download refrence drivers from Nvidia, and Vista has some problems with the 8800). so whats the problem with Linux again ?

    Comment by Scott Templer — March 1, 2007 @ 1:52 am

  2. I hate to say it, but Linux STILL isn’t ready for the desktop. I use Linux as a server platform, but I got to tell you, I spend WAY too much time fixing my desktop Linux installs. It’s ridiculous. It breaks as easily as Windows 95 did.

    Remember the days of upgrading a driver then your PC won’t boot into Windows? I know, you have to go way back for that, because Windows has done a pretty good job of improving itself. Nobody uses ME anymore. XP works pretty decently, despite it being proprietary. Incidentally, proprietary is a term that 90% of users don’t care about.

    I’ve used both Ubuntu and Fedora on the desktop, and they’re both lacking. Yes, the kernel is better than Windows — but who runs just the damn kernel? Both Gnome and KDE are what people run, and in my experience, neither is as stable as XP.

    Which is a shame since XP is SO DAMN UGLY and lacks the excitement that Linux on the Desktop has. But I don’t want to spend 2 hours getting my wireless card to work — I want to USE my wireless card to browse the ‘Net. With XP I can do that; with Linux, I can do it for a while until it breaks. Then I spend those hours fixing my laptop install. Ugh.

    Comment by kuriharu — March 1, 2007 @ 6:27 pm

  3. It isn’t GNU/Linux’s fault that hardware isn’t supported, it’s the hardware manufacturers for not releasing drivers or specifications.

    I read articles like this often, and the story is always the same. “Open source is nice, but it sucks, and here’s my cookie-cutter blog for why…”. A truly open operating system /does not succeed/ without mass community involvement. Most people think this just means “if you don’t like something, go code a fix”. I would like to say I contribute to open-source software, and I don’t code a damn line. What do I do? Whatever I still can.

    Before I build a machine for myself or a friend, I will choose components from manufacturers who actively support Linux. 95% of the time, it’s Intel in some form or another. Each time I do, I’ll send an email to their Public Relations department thanking them for the support, and letting them know it got them an eventual sale. I’ll also contact a manufacturer I rejected due to poor driver support, and explain why I chose a different company. I don’t always get responses from either, but I know I’ve been heard at least once. For all this work, it only takes about 10 minutes, and it’s a small contribution I can make. Hopefully, over time, other companies will begin to follow suit.

    I know one person doesn’t make a difference in such an endeavor, but I also know that one person didn’t write Linux, or GNU. It’s a community project, and I can only hope others will join me in the part I’m able to do.

    Comment by insta — March 4, 2007 @ 10:42 am

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