5 Things I Dislike and Love About GNU/Linux

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Gabriel Cánepa

Gabriel Cánepa is a GNU/Linux sysadmin and web developer from Villa Mercedes, San Luis, Argentina. He works for a worldwide leading consumer product company and takes great pleasure in using FOSS tools to increase productivity in all areas of his daily work.

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23 Responses

  1. PAN says:

    I felt confused by this writing. The reason why GNU/Linux is so great today is precisely it’s friendliness. Repository system is far easier to learn than to train intuition which bit of crap is ok to install. Learning vim and basic configuration skills, plus some man-jidsu, is far easier than learning every hidden important feature of any guified server, and then learn some more of network of obsure changes created by pressing something seamingly not related to the description. It’s hell to administer, even as a workstation. Furthermore, I acn change any parameter of any computer on any Un*x os (except OS X) within seconds. That’s easiness.
    I think that there are two “easy” words confused. It’s quite easy to learn an advanced operation of UN*X. It is easy to administer UN*X. It’s easy for Windows to work like windows, but it’s a difficult task on UN*X. Does it make it difficult?
    The parameters of the commenter’s machines are perfectly sufficient for Linux. They are not sufficient for some heavy DEs. I don’t expect my Toyotaa Corolla to go over 90 MPH neither.
    Who cares how popular Linux is on desktop? The less people expect Linux to be Windows, the better direction it will take. By the way, total amount of devices supported by Linux kernel is greater than windows.

  2. Diego says:

    Hi Gabriel, I have an old desktop computer also with 256MB of RAM running Vector Linux (http://vectorlinux.com/products), It works for me, maybe you can try it.

  3. Clark Leach says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with #5. Even on a relatively new machine with 4G RAM, Debian Jessie, and MATE, I still sometimes experience weird lags and pauses. I have tried several desktop environments (XFCE, LXDE, MATE, Cinnamon) and they all lack the polish to make them really shine. I still find myself turning to my Windoze (8.1) machine when I really need to actually get something done, because… it just works.

  4. Baagad Billa says:

    I have seen and/or met more Linux fans who are LinTards or fanbois than Windows. Too much attitude and a superiority complex.
    Seems as if Linus Torvalds has personally learnt programming from them !!

    I would rather stick to the world of real humans using Windows than LinTards and subject myself to the mental torture of working alongside LinTards who think they have higher intelligence or knowledge than me because they know more Linux than me.. pathetic !

  5. dreis911 says:

    I really hate when someone is so narrow minded that recurs to insults to prove his point.
    Anyway, I’ll post here what I’ve posted before about this subject (my point of view):
    I’m tired of the “new” Windows editions (or ‘mafia’).
    I understand everyone’s feelings for Linux and for Windows… I have my opinions on both too but…
    I think we’re forgetting 2 things:
    Windows is mainly “a business” (that’s why we can’t make some things with it, as cloning)! – not good for us (lovers of FOSS)!
    Linux is mainly volunteer work (read different opinions and tastes) to reach a perfect OS! – impossible task!
    So, what have we?
    On one hand we have an “universal” SO which has many problems (that generate money: anti virus, technical assistance, PC manufacturers that want to profit from the sale of the OS too, etc.) but has the approval of every HW manufacturer with drivers, guides, etc. and every gadget comes with a Windows SW, so we’re forced to use it, whether we like it or not.
    On the other hand we have an unfinished OS that doesn’t crash or fail and seems to be virus proof, but lacks the “user friendliness” and easiness of operation. The core is wonderful!!! A marvelous piece of the best software there is.
    I like the command line (I used to work with MS-DOS) but 90% of the people that work with a PC don’t!
    It’s an excellent OS to be behind a POS SW.
    It’s an excellent OS to be controlling a server and feeding web pages, or managing databases, or whatever that doesn’t get in touch with people.
    It’s an excellent OS to be inside the computers of ISS.
    It’s an excellent OS to be behind the curtains!
    … but the environment (when there is one) is made by a manufacturer of the gadget with one purpose!
    Why? Why is Linux failing on desktops? (the statistics say it!)
    Because of the environment. There are so many flavors that everyone gets confused… and they’re so different that most people think they almost need to start learning everything from the beginning.
    And then, there’s the compatibility: my Vaio’s bluetooth is rarely recognized for an example (except for Zorin).
    And my wireless pen must be reconfigured every time there’s a ditro-upgrade, so I have to make a long wire LAN connection to get to the repository.
    Now, you ask me if I hate Linux and I answer:
    No, I love Linux! It’s so steady, so dependable, so unbreakable when is well configured! … but to get there… ufff! (I’m sweating)
    So, when is Linux the best?
    When it’s compiled by someone (not me) who really understands what he’s doing! and does it to his taste! and does it with his best configuration!… that’s when Linux is perfect… for that guy.
    And when we’re talking about a HW manufacturer that is going to use an OS inside the gadget: what are they going to use?
    Linux! … Because it’s free, and they can trim it for that product they’re building. And they give it an environment of their own, built for THAT product. Then, we have another perfect Linux.
    That’s why Android gained such boom…. it’s soooo user friendly! (and has only one distro)
    Different from many of Linux adepts I don’t like to have hundreds of distros to choose from (I don’t have time nor resources to do it).
    Instead of having so many different Linux programmer “religions”, they should all be together with one single direction (or maybe a dozen).
    (Just for the record: I have a few PCs with Linux and a few with Windows (I have to))

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