jmango at mail.com
Wed Jul 30 13:38:35 PDT 2008
On Jul 30, 2008, Paul Ward wrote
> I think the problem is there's no consistency for people used
> to the Windows or OS X experience. In theory, Windows is
> Windows and OS X is OS X, but Ubuntu is not Fedora. Its great
> that the underpinnings of Linux are extremely consistent with
> *nix systems, but most people don't see that. The big reason
> why I bought a Mac in 2002 was because OS X 10.2 on a
> powerbook was just that much of a better experience than I was
> having with either Linux or Windows on a series of PC laptops,
> plus it had the unix-y stuff that I had come to love!
> What I'm trying to say is that for people who want to try
> linux, but are in between the levels of propellerhead and
> techtard, a lot of that low-level consistency has to make its
> way to the high level GUIs. It does require some cooperation
> between distros, but things like rpms not working on non-Red
> Hat distros can really burn someone (that's just an example).
Thank you Paul. You really understood my original post. Please
keep in mind that we propellerheads-in-training are not
necessarily guided by some mysterious aesthetic when deciding
which distribution to use. More likely the criteria will be very
obvious and quantifiable - the time to productivity ratio. The
point I was trying to make was that inconsistent or re-invented
interfaces, which are probably the most fun for the developer,
are the least productive for the user (and you got that, thanks).
-- Jim W.
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