Re: Call for a new operating system
From: ArWeGod (ArWeGod?_at_sbcglobal.net)
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2004 08:45:30 GMT
"Tobias Skytte" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Sybren Stüvel <sybrenUSE@YOURthirdtower.imagination.com> wrote in message
> > > 4. Needs to be idiot-friendly (Windows users won't know to type
> > > "mount /dev/cdrom" to access the CD-ROM)
> > Cars aren't idiot-friendly, you need lessons first. There are a lot
> > of things you need to learn how to use before you can use it
> > properly. Why should things as complex as computers be anything
> > different?
> IMHO there is a big problem that is preventing linux from becomming
> mainstream and that is the difficulty in installing applications.
> Normal users will never be able to compile code and edit textfiles.
> And even worse, quite often when reading INSTALL txtfiles there will
> be instructions like 'make sure you are using version x of this and
> that', without giving instructions on how to check that.
> You can say alot about windows, but it is very easy to use. To install
> a program you usually just click on the installation file and follow
> instructions from the install wizard.. easy peasy, 10 secs later you
> are using it (and 20 secs later it bluescreens, but that's another
> story.. :-) )
> I don't see why computers shouldnt be made easy to use. I think that
> the above mentioned install nightmares are often because the
> programmer is too lazy to make a installation script that takes care
> of checking dependencies and so on. In the windows world people go
> through great lengths to make good installation programs for their
> software. Why not for linux?
> Tobias Skytte
The advantage of being a monopoly and having billions to spend are
1. Every device manufacturer wants their device to work with Microsoft. They
go out of their way to court MS engineers (and try not to be bought out - a
risk of being TOO good).
2. Do you realize HOW MUCH usability it takes to figure out what idiots are
capable of?! Remember that nothing can be made idiot-proof because idiots
are so ingenious! This means $$$ spent on idiots banging on the keys.
3. There is ONE contact point. If I make a new widget, who do I talk to in
"Unix" to make it work with their product? Who do I sell my soul and 27% of
my profit to? Where is the Unix CEO?
It is not only in Hell that it is better to rule than be one of the masses -
business demands it for products. They will use the Freebie stuff for a mail
server or firewall, but when someone has a question about how to print a
slideshow they want Powerpoint Tech support. And they will pay for that.
Monopolies and Unions are often disparaged and seen as anachronisms, but
they have their place in a new, changing world. Then they must be destroyed,
of course, and I hate them both. But don't expect things to get better from
<steps of soap box>