To Linux or not to Linux?
As much as I would like to use Linux for all the obvious reasons developers give me no choice but to unfortunately stick with Windows. Now I’m not a guru when it comes to Linux, however, I do know enough about operating systems and their functionality to say this about it. The GUI makes very little sense….ok….maybe it makes a little sense. In any case, we live in a world of production that demands speed of use and Linux developers cannot or have not provided a GUI that can give the user complete control over Linux’s environment without having to use the command line. There are a serious lack of tools missing in order to give some of the most basic functions a user would need just to simply configure a desktop…?!?
Another thing…What’s the deal with the obsessive amount of programs needed to carry out the same function? Why do I need 7 media players to function as one tool? Is it really that difficult for developers to create a single media player known to the world as the premier Linux media player? Microsoft has Windows Media Player and Mac’s have QuickTime, plus, in both cases they port over to one another’s OS. I’m particularly fond of Redhat and can’t help but be disappointed that I have to settle with Windows because of the lack of tools needed for me to stay away from the command line and being overhauled with hundreds of packages to carry out some of the simplest functions.
Also, the naming protocols of these files and programs have to be one of the most confusing approaches I’ve ever seen when it comes to communicating to the user. A default installation of Redhat had me looking at a deluge of packages that I just couldn’t make sense of. The impression I get is….grab a CD and prepare to wade through every developer that had 5 minutes to put a file together for the Linux movement. Most of these packages shouldn’t even be considered a program. I’ve seen media players that look anemic and are starving for the rest of the code. The sad thing is that you will find 5 CD’s of this nonsense.
Someone really needs to get a hold of Linux developers and tell them to build an OS…not a command line with pretty colors. This may sound harsh but the truth is I want Linux as an OS. They just haven’t made anything remotely close to an OS that can be used outside of serving a purpose as a server. There are other things I could address….but why? When developers can not or will not provide a complete OS, plus, have difficulties with small objectives such as these….what’s the need to go on for?