[kwlug-disc] What's the best desktop distribution?

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Thu Feb 4 17:40:54 EST 2010


All regular users want is a system that is easily installed, easy to use, works as promised, is reliable and can be maintained automatically with minimal user input.  Other users generally have other careers and concerns and couldn't care less how or why the software works. 

The biggest reason for MSs troubles, especially with its latest releases, are the results of sloppy implementation of bad design strategies accepted years ago.   Simply put, the superstructure is beginning to collapse because it never had a solid foundation. 

Luckily, Linux is Linux and as long as adequate attention is paid to the underlying structures, the rest, how it is implemented, will shine through.  I believe that which distro ultimately doesn't amount to a sand castle against a tsunami.  The biggest strength of Linux is not how it is modified or updated but the fact that nobody owns it and therefore nobody can stifle the input of creativity or impede its growth.  As such it will, because it must, continue to evolve and by so doing will get stronger. 

Best distro means nothing; we have the best *system*.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Raul Suarez <rarsa at yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2010 14:13:20 
To: KWLUG discussion<kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] What's the best desktop distribution?

The fact that the current solutions do not cover all cases or all applications do not diminish their comparative value. 

This branching thread started with the "killer application" statement.

I don't consider updating software a "killer application" as regular users do not care if their software is up to date as long as it does not break.

Raul Suarez

Technology consultant
Software, Hardware and Practices
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--- On Thu, 2/4/10, john at netdirect.ca <john at netdirect.ca> wrote:

> From: john at netdirect.ca <john at netdirect.ca>
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] What's the best desktop distribution?
> To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Received: Thursday, February 4, 2010, 4:57 PM
> kwlug-disc-bounces at kwlug.org
> wrote on 02/04/2010 02:07:46 PM:
> >
> > Why can't somebody write code that will automatically
> register
> > RubyGems and Drupal modules into APT's databases, so
> that running
> > apt-get upgrade will inform me (and allow me to
> upgrade) those
> > packages when there are fixes? There are already lots
> of reasonable
> > packaging systems out there. Why can't they all just
> get along?
> 
> We need some kind of meta-package manager that is modular.
> Right now it 
> would open the door for handling CPAN, Pear, Drupal and
> other modular 
> applications; but in the future it would help in the
> transition to new and 
> better package managers of the future.
> 
> John Van Ostrand
> Net Direct Inc.
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