[ubuntu-uk] Are we missing the point with an OS ?

Avi Greenbury lists at avi.co
Sat Dec 3 18:19:09 UTC 2011

John Davis wrote:

> I am an experienced Linux/Ubuntu user, I went to night school to
> learn it. I use Ubuntu and Windows 7 on a daily basis and think that
> the OS is just somewhere to store the programmes I need to work with.

Precisely where the OS stops and the applications start is of some
debate - somewhere between bare kernel and and GUI with all the apps
you want lies the line where you go from 'OS' to 'OS plus apps', but
nobody really agrees on precisely where it is.

With Windows it's easy - the bit you get from MS is the OS. With
Ubuntu, for some reason the line is generally not in the same place
(where the OS is the bit that comes from Ubuntu) but seems to exclude a
good deal of apps and perhaps focus only on the default install.

>   In Windows, it is the Apps that have to perform properly, like 
> Office,Photoshop, email  etc.
> It seems that with Ubuntu et al, effort is put into the OS but it
> does not seem the same with the applications,  there developers seem
> to be left to their own devices. Without applications,  the OS is
> useless.

This is where I'm a bit confused - the big thing you get with the
repositories is that the whole content of them (including the base OS)
is from the same vendor and expected to work together. If you have a
bug in any software that came from Ubuntu, then you tell Ubuntu about
the problem and they (hopefully) fix it. 

It's with Windows (and most other OSs) where all you buy, and all
that's 'guaranteed' to work, is the contents of the disc you bought,
not all of these applications, which seems more in line with what
you're expecting from Ubuntu.

> I think this is why cloud computing is becoming more popular,

I think most of the reason cloud computing is becoming more popular is
because it can easily be explained to include whatever happens to be
popular at the time.


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