chris2kari wrote:I've been an admirer & proponent of Linux for 20 years. Sad to say DESKTOP LINUX is still a disaster.
Its fine for setting up a little server but I'm giving up on it as a desktop & switching to Macs for desktop.
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Windows is "easier", linux your going to have to learn something, because no one spent billions of dollars designing it to be used by uneducated users who don't want to learn about their system like windows did.
That said, I recently re-installed windows 7 on my laptop around the same time I installed mint, arch, ubuntu, kubuntu, gentoo, and maybe another distro or two (hopped around for a while
). In windows, my touch pad was not properly supported (no settings adjustments), my SD card reader does not work, my wifi does not work and my resolution was not the native resolution. In linux ALL of my hardware was automatically detected and functioning. For a while I was using only linux because I had not had time to go through and fix all the issues with my bare windows install.
Since I actually LEARNED how linux works, sat down and read about the system I have had significantly LESS issues to fix in linux and they have all been easy to fix.
If your expecting to not know how your computer works, or you want nothing but copy paste terminal commands while ignoring their output YES linux is going to suck. If you work with it, it works with you WAY more then windows ever will. It actually respects your intelligence and treats you as an equal rather then keeping you in the dark while it does magic behind a curtain. If your not ready for that, it will be harder... But if you pay attention and learn it will be much easier. Its a different system, you have to act accordingly but that doesn't mean its not useable...
Really, the main issue with linux now is corporate support for home users, IE drivers for hardware and linux based software bundled along with windows and mac packages.