[kwlug-disc] Win VS. Lin install-wise
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Mon Aug 17 20:05:15 EDT 2009
Chris Irwin wrote, On 08/17/2009 4:37 PM:
> One thing that is still a huge plus for Linux is the massive software
> repositories. I wonder if Microsoft will ever try to tie their "Live"
> accounts to a Windows app store, allowing third parties to publish
> software through it.
You make my point.
It is not a huge plus, it is a significant stumbling block.
This is more what I meant when I said 'one true way.'
Searching a repository and coming up with a dozen different mail
servers, let alone the myriad of possibilities of pre- and post- mail
processing, almost never compatible with each possible mail server,
just leaves new users bewildered. Pick your favourite app - how many
spreadsheets, browsers, photo apps, and so on and so forth.
The buntu repositories make it somewhat better in that there are < X
'further blessed' packages, but seldom is there only 1 way to skin the
Windows isn't that much different, but you must dig rather deeper to
come up with more than the one 'best in show' of any particular app.
We don't need to get over the Windows setup.exe 'stumbling block', it
isn't a stumbling block for the user.
Yes, repositories, particularly the Debian / buntu ones are a
wonderful thing, to short list 'blessed apps', but it's not nirvana.
As Rob's initial question showed. And he's not a 'new' user; and well
able to chew through docs. It's insidious that part of his problem
seems to be having to chew through outdated docs. And not even
deprecated ones. But, evidently, ones that didn't have "THIS
INFORMATION NO LONGER APPLIES" in big letters across the top.
I don't have the answers - but these are certainly some elements of
the failure of Linux to take over all XP desktops by now.
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