I'm not trying to convince anyone, nor am I trying to blame anyone. I fully admit it was my own fault.Moem wrote:So you prefer Windows over Linux because you, as an advanced user, could not find the GUI tool that's present in your installation that does exactly the thing that you want?
You are free to feel the way you feel, and to base your feelings on absolutely nothing at all if you want, but I can't find your argument very convincing.
Use whatever OS you prefer, it's up to you. But maybe your self-perceived status of 'advanced user' tripped you up here?
We don't and we don't. You could have typed 'usb', 'disk' or 'bootable' into the menu search instead, and you would have found exactly what you're looking for. PEBCAK happens, in fact it happens to all of us, but it's not the OS's fault.Why do we, the community as a whole, shy away from GUI's over command line? Why do we continue to spend hours reading instead of doing?
Linux based OSses have moved on more than you seem to realise. Have a little more faith in Mint: it's more complete and more friendly, not to mention easier, than you're giving it credit for.
To his point, I just didn't want to wait for a response. You are 100% right about my "self-perceived status", but at the end of the day one should be confident with years of schooling, certifications, experience, etc. I think that speaks to my overall point of it's not quite as, and I use this word carefully, "easy". I don't expect a resolution and I certainly don't blame Linux or the community. My fault 10000%. But I do think, in order to make Linux more mainstream for developers, these discussions need to be had. I'm a fan of Bryan Lunduke because he is very open about discussions like these. I have very little "beef" with the OS and the community....except Ubuntu.....and that's a personal reason so it doesn't apply to the scope of the discussion.Pjotr wrote:But you're apparently able to find this forum for posting this rant. So why didn't it occur to you, to simply ask on this forum how to make a bootable USB stick in Mint? "
I don't think Mint or any other "major" distro is hard to use. My complaint is that in order to grow it's user base and subsequently its developer base, it needs to be "easier", again I use that term very carefully, to use. That doesn't mean it needs to be a Windows clone. Just a little more intuitive on the frontend for simple things like installing any program. Pick your favorite 3rd party program and I'd bet money you have to add a PPA rather than just download a package and install it. Most install guides are outdated within months of a release. Take the same windows variant....even open source content, download the executable, install, and go. No reading or research required.Moem wrote:S/he just seems to be saying 'Mint is too difficult to use and there aren't enough GUI tools', both of which run counter to my experience.
Great response srq2625! I agree almost a 100%. I disagree, slightly, with the following;
.....if you grow your base, contributors will come. I think this is especially true of the open source/Linux community. Look at how much support is on every project and distro's forum there is. Even here. It's astounding. Go MS forums and it's all robotic messages "did you try to reboot?" "you need to do a factory restore".srq2625 wrote:To my view, there appears to be very little incentive for a developer to want to increase the number of “non-contributing” users
What about the productivity and gaming communities? I strictly use open source doc/text editors and I know a lot of industry professionals do as well. Then you have the big push for steam machines with the gaming community.srq2625 wrote:Unless things have changed recently, there's not much push or interest on the part of GNU/Linux developers to increase market-share. As long as GNU/Linux remains viable enough to support their needs, they just don't care about market-share.