Obviously Linux’s Fault | LINUX Unplugged 75

Obviously Linux’s Fault | LINUX Unplugged 75

It’s a new year & a new round of Linux bashing. But are some of the criticism corrects? Can we handle a little tough love as a community for the collective good? We debate.

Plus the 4 best new Linux distributions to watch in 2015, a MATE love story & an Arch victory.

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The 4 Best New Linux Distributions to Watch in 2015 | Linux.com

By Jack Wallen

Every year new Linux distributions pop up and promise something new and game changing. I believe this time around, the claims certainly have a chance of changing the way Linux is seen by a number of user groups. Whether you’re an average user, a gamer, a power user, or some hybrid user in need of a desktop to perfectly suit your needs, I believe 2015 will bring to light some projects that will be right up your alley.

Main Linux problems on the desktop, 2015 edition

In this regularly updated article, which is without doubt the most comprehensive list of Linux distributions’ problems on the entire Internet, we only discuss their main problems and deficiencies (which may be the reason why some people say Linux distros are not ready for the desktop) while everyone should keep in mind that there are areas where Linux has excelled other OSes: excellent package management, multiple platforms and architectures support out of the box, usually excellent stability, no widely circulating viruses or malware, complete system reinstallation is almost never required, besides Linux is extremely customizable, easily scripted and it’s free as a beer.

I want to make one thing crystal clear – Windows, in some regards, is even worse than Linux and it’s definitely not ready for the desktop either. Off the top of my head I want to name the following quite devastating issues with Windows:

  • devastating Windows rot
  • no enforced file system and registry hierarchy (I have yet to find a single serious application which can uninstall itself cleanly and fully)
  • svchost.exe
  • no true safe mode
  • no clean state
  • the user as a system administrator (thus viruses/malware – most users don’t and won’t understand UAC warnings)
  • no good packaging mechanism (MSI is a fragile abomination)
  • no system wide update mechanism (which includes third party software)
  • Windows is extremely difficult to debug
  • Windows boot problems are often fatal and unsolvable unless you reinstall from scratch
  • Windows is hardware dependent (especially when running from UEFI)
  • Windows updates are unreliable and they also waste disk space
  • there’s no way to cleanly upgrade your system (there will be thousands of leftovers), etc.

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