Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on June 15, 2002 04:07 PM
But Windows can't do many of the things that you accuse Linux of screwing up on.
The point and click download thing solves for the most part the whole problem of a good program install standard.
Also, how do you know Lindows can't autodetect hardware? Just because it's Linux doesn't mean a daemon can be worked into the distro to do that. With good investment it can be done properly.
Besides, Windows is very very often very confusing with hardware installs. Don't go saying the average dumbass can install stuff for Windows so easily. It gets confused over stupid things. I upgraded my CPU once, which should be transparent to software, and the video in Windows starting screwing up.
I installed a new video card once into a computer with video on the mainboard. Linux didn't use the BIOS so it figured out which one was working on it's own. Windows got terribly confused and it took tens of hours to get it working.
I upgraded a motherboard once, and the sound went out on Windows. It needed a reinstall. Mandrake AUTODETECTED the new card with ZERO effort.
For hardware, Mandrake can beat the monkeyshit out of Windows on hardware installs. Just because slackware is hard doesn't mean you can go bashing every distro.
Also, Macintosh is UNIX! Have you USED Lindows? Apple PROVES Unix can be made easy to use. If you haven't used Linux you should, instead of getting pissed when someone has the odacity to install Linux on their manufactured computers.
Give it a chance, damnit! Don't go saying Dell gave it a chance. They NEVER advertised the damn systems, they hid them on the site, and of course no distro at the time was decent to use.
Here is the biggest problem with Linux ease of use: Installing 3rd party software and drivers. One of the advertised features of Lindows is an online archive of thousands of program that you can just "click and run." If it works how they say it does, it will beat Windows on that aspect.