The words of second place
I may be out of line here, but after reading all
these posts something struck me. Linux users are
the reason that Linux will never be able to tackle
Windows. The hard and fast Linux user wears the
difficulty of the OS as a badge of honor. Someone
even said that icons aren't what Linux is about.
Well, sorry to break it to you, but if you ever want
my mom, or your aunt to use Linux, it's damn sure
gonna be about icons. The hobbyist or programmer
is willing to learn commandline codes and tinker
with things to make them work. The casual user
has no patience for this.
I agree that competition is good. At some point
though, if Linux is going to be a truly viable option
for the casual user, some things are going to have
to be standardized to make everything work much
smoother. If this means that KDE or Gnome is the
defacto Linux, so be it.
I know that a lot of you are thinking screw the
casual user, it will dumb the OS down like
Windows. You have to look at the big picture
though. If Linux can make the jump onto Ma and
Pa's PC a whole new world of options will open up
to all Linux users. The hobbyists will still be able to
get all manner of things to customize his own
Linux, but he'll also have a whole host of other
I'm not trying to attack Linux. I think it is a great OS
and I have a lot of fun with it. But someone needs
to ask the question, where is it heading?