[sf-lug] Consumer & admin (was: Possibly interesting data point on jobs postings)
rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue May 16 20:23:12 PDT 2006
Quoting jim stockford (jim at well.com):
> Best I can tell (being more expert than I let on, and
> therefore fairly blind), Linux and Windows
> management is pretty much the same--you know
> basic concepts, the GUI is there for you in either
> case, no command-line need apply.
Except that the Linux version _really works_. And you don't have to
choose between staying current (with the latest service pack breaking a
bunch of your applications) or deliberately hanging back and taking
fearsome security risks. Windows updating is a bad joke compared to its
parallels in typical Linux distributions.
Not personally having command-line phobia, my Debian updating regime
every few weeks goes like this:
$ su - (i.e., become the root user)
# apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade
Of course, since this is bash (and thus has filename completion), I
don't actually even type some parts of the second line: I just hit Tab
quite a bit, and it types out for me.
If I got tired of doing that, I could probably make a little GUI widget
labelled "DWIM" (Do What I Mean) or something, that does it for me --
but I really can't be bothered. Or I could use one of the myriad of
graphical front-end tools to apt -- synaptic, aptitude, adept, whatever.
I'm sure that the main desktop-oriented distributions have the
equivalent functionality GUIfied and made really prominent and easy to
use: Synaptic in Ubuntu and MEPIS, Adept in Kubuntu, YaST in SUSE
Linux, Xandros Update in Xandros Desktop OS, urpmi in MandrivaLinux,
Even on Debian I really _should_ use sudo instead of su'ing to root --
as with Ubuntu's default setup. With sudo (e.g., in Ubuntu/Kubuntu), it
would be just one line:
$ sudo apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade
To repeat, the challenge is finding a (desktop) Linux that does _not_
leave the MS-Windows experience utterly in the dust, in this area.
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