Not everyone wants to edit text files and hope that everything is working properly in the background. People such as myself want visual setup and feedback from a program.
proxima_centauri wrote:I disagree (in the nicest way possible). I don't feel the majority base needs this sort of application, and with limited CD space for the LiveCD, and with other worthy apps already being excluded for this reason, I don't think there is the space to spare. And I'm generally hesitant for any advancements in censorship programs . Even for good intentions. The best internet filter is still the parent IMO.
I generally agree with you, I'm more comfortable with GUI's growing up with WIndows too. However I think some users would retort with "then use Windows/OSX". Linux is still a text-based OS in the sense all of a lot of configuration is done through terminal. It's a different language, and if you don't want to put in the effort to learn, then stick with Windows. You're essentially asking a horse to ride like a donkey. You may not be comfortable with the horse, but once you learn its ways and become comfortable with it, its a helleva lot faster!
proxima_centauri wrote:Yea, I hear you on that. I think the majority of problems people new to Linux face is initial installation and configuration, getting all of their computer's hardware to work flawlessly, nobody wants to switch to Linux if they can not make their machine behave exactly how it would under Windows.
But you are right, and I *never" seriously recommend or advocate Linux for that very reason (unless maybe I know the person and they're not afraid of using their brain and getting involved with the system). But chances are the majority will eventually get stuck with something, blame me for duping them, and become turned off of Linux immediately.
That being said, it appears that auto-configuration in Linux is getting better and better every year, I think in the next couple of years especially Linux accessibility is going to explode if not yet already.
I guess my point is that simple does not necessarily equate to better. Simple equates to... well... simple.
Simple, as implied by GUIs, should not be an over riding consideration in an operating system. It is necessarily inefficient and increases the size and complexity of the code base with all the attendant problems that implies, and limits it's power and flexibility.
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