[ubuntu-us-in] Linux Sucks | LinuxFest NW

David Ernst david.ernst at davidernst.net
Thu Apr 30 18:17:01 BST 2009

Thanks for the tip!  I watched a bit of the video and read all of the
slides (took maybe 10 minutes).  good food for thought. A few quick

* The presentation should have been called "Desktop Linux Sucks",
  since he doesn't talk about linux as a server, embedded OS, etc.,
  commenting that Linux is basically a "Rock Star" in these areas.  

* even better, it should have been called "Why running Linux as your
  Desktop OS sucks".  Much of what he's talking about isn't even Linux
  or even GNU/Linux, it's wishing that there were better applications
  for GNU/Linux.

* His core belief seems to be that good quality software will require
  major funding to develop.  It makes such intuitive sense, and yet,
  how did we end up with such a Rock Star server OS?  I'm not at all
  against money flowing, and I actually this we in the OS community
  should encourage each other more to donate money to good projects.
  But, I don't think it's as simple as he makes it out to be.

* He's really in to standardization/homogenization.  For instance, he
  names about 4 audio editing apps, as if this were an abomination.
  He thinks if we all agreed on one, then it would get the funding and
  therefore become great and "linux" wouldn't suck anymore.  I'm all
  for better applications (and I agree that the commercial products
  for commercial OSes are usually better in these categories), but I
  am definitely not for homogenizing these things.  Something I love
  about GNU/linux is that there's all sorts of free apps out there
  with different strengths and weaknesses, and I can choose the one
  that suits me the best.  I can dabble in it (and dabbling is all I
  do in about 80% of the software that I use) and never worry about
  having to pay for it.  


On Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 11:58:51AM -0400, benjamin wrote:
>Overall, this was a very good presentation detailing some of the challenges,
>frustrations and shortcomings of GNU/Linux as a whole. While I don't agree
>with 100% of what the presenter covers, I will say that the majority of it
>is SPOT-ON! If you have the means, I highly recommend watching the vid. 
>Be Well,
>Benjamin in Indy

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