Archive for October 26th, 2004

Linux distros NOT ready for the common desktop

Believe it or not, I spent most of the past week configuring Linux on my new laptop. The defaults on any linux distro are just sad (especially the ones that call themselves “for pro users”, e.g. Arch or Slack). ALL distros require constant tweaking to work as I would like them on my desktop. /etc/ has become my home, not /home/eugenia/.

With Windows, OSX or BeOS, I think that there is a total 20 minutes of work from their graphical preferencce panels that I need to do to stay happy with their usability and UI. With Linux is a constant battle that never, ever ends.

You get what you pay for. Obviously.