Can't wait to read your Howto manual RB.
Wanna try Gentoo too, now i just installed Mandrake but man. I don't like to be a noob and that's what i still am with Gnu/Linux.
good read :
eurhm, i mean...funny :)
To sum up the article linux will never conquer the market because Joe Sixpack does not want to do any effort to learn howto work with linux.
That's true. But if you talk to linux/GNU developpers that's not their goal. They aim at 30 - 40% market share: the users who use their pc daily.
To be honest I think most users overrate how hard linux is to install. Take the following example:
My future brother in law bought a new computer and wanted to install an OS. As he wanted to give linux a try too, I gave him Mandrake OS 10 and WinXP.
WinXP didn't dedect his sata drive at install. I had to tell him download and make a floppy disk with his sata controller drivers, and press F6 at install so windows could dedect his drive. After installation, his screen was at a crappy low resolution (gf fx not supported out of the box), he coudn't get on the net (nforce not supported) and he never got USB2.0 to work for some reason. He also had to install a decent virusscanner and be aware for spyware.
After winxp he gave Madrake 10 a try. No drivers asked (kernel 2.6 has native support for most NICs, harddiskcontrollers, ...) and without he asking me one question he was able to get a fully running linux system. Don't tell me Windows installation is noob-proof!
The main reason linux won't conquer the market is just about every OEM dealer.
People just love their preinstalled, no fuss Dell, compaq-HP, medion... PC.
Linux isn't hard to install. I did it from the first time. THEN is when the fun starts:
- Hey ma look, I installed linux.
+ That sweet honey, now what can you do with it.
- Uh, nothing, but I installed it all by myself.
+ That's very good sweety, now get the damn thing off so I can print my M$ WORD document...
Oh and using a newer kernel then the latest windows release, should indeed fix some driver issues. When SP2 comes out, the playing field will be leveled and that discussion kan be started the other way around. Untill the new linux kernell comes up.... etc. etc. etc.
Linux and windows just can't be compared. Linux has a limited use, both in desktop and server market. They do best for smaller servers, and in the freak area of desktop use.
Windows just has a massive userbase that get's a splitting headache if even 0.1% incompatibility is bothering them.
The fact that linux is free, and windows costs abotu 100$, and most people still use windows does mean it's doing something good (even if it's only marketing)
Using OpenOffice is as easy as using MS Office, it just depends which one you learned to use first.
Surfing is easier in Linux with Mozilla (no popups / vriri) than in WinXP with ie (spyware & viri everywhere)
Mailing is equally easy, mozilla mailer is better than Outlook express, but lacks the features of Outtlook. Then again, no risk of virusses.
I'm not a linux / opensource nut. Not everything has to be free, but many people underestimate the user friendlyness of latest linux distro's.
Heck, my girlfriend and her brother use linux, and they're anything but pc enthousiasts. They prefer the UI of Gnome 2.6 above windows and it consumes less resources on their computer.
- it's not the best because it's popular
- afaik, the internet is built on *nix servers. this madshrimps.be server runs on Debian, and they'll have a very good reason for that
I truely hate the online manual ... everything is messed up and not noob friendly at all ...
had no problems installing and using slackware 9.1 though ...
Re: linux revolution?
So installing Gentoo has gone to the "not so near projects" folder in my brain. Still very much willing to try though.
erm, isn't windows only X86 certified.
The only point of any other-then-X86 linuxes is because linux actually gets used in a server enviroment with possible different CPU types. It's also PC-MAC compatible.
I tried it too, and came to the conclusion that it's great for servers, if you have studied lunux or have a lot of time to mess with it. It's usable in a strickt desktop enviroment (at the office, with a good sysadmin). Just don't try to play any real games on it (solitaire is not a real PC game)
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