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Apr 29, 2010 4:38 AM
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New converts love this one. They’ll tell you, “I heard Linux was difficult but when I tried DistroX I saw it was actually pretty easy to use!”

Great. So because it looks more like Windows than somebody initially believed, that means everyone must totally switch to it!

Of course, whenever something breaks or the ugly head of unusability pops up, we’re told that we must toughen up, stop being babies and live with it.

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#1 Posted by JoeMonco on Apr 29, 2010 5:04 PM

This reminds me of Piestar’s blog post on the subject of cargo cult mentalities:

http://piestar.net/2010/03/23/cargo-cult-usability/

“It’s abundantly clear to anyone who even has a basic grasp of the subject that the Ubuntu team have no real vision for the desktop. They don’t appear to have an idea of how it should work, or how they want it to work. They just appear to be copying random elements from other OS’s with no real appreciation of the 'big picture’. Essentially they are missing out on the context of others decisions in the hope that they ape in a cargo-cult-esque way aspects from successful operating systems that they themselves will be successful.”

#2 Posted by Delano on Apr 30, 2010 2:28 AM

Yeah, Piestar put it pretty well in that article. It doesn’t matter if it superficially resembles Windows and Mac. It acts like neither, and is a piss-poor copy of both.

Piestar and jerkface both came down rather hard on Gnome. While I don’t think Gnome is quite that bad, I do agree with the various points they brought up. Gnome is… acceptable as a desktop. It certainly doesn’t hold up to the desktops of Windows, Mac or even KDE, and it certainly doesn’t make up for Linux’s flaws.

#3 Posted by garegin on Dec 7, 2011 10:40 PM

thats not the only problem. most people are forced to use windows because they don’t want to buy a Mac. so even if windows sucks, the user adjusts- while in case of linux when the user encounters a problem he/she goes back to the familiar. bottom line is that desktop linux gives no incentive to switch for the dumb user.
even though using a mac is arguably easier, many meganoobs just stick with windows.

#4 Posted by JoeMonco on Dec 8, 2011 2:29 AM

“many meganoobs just stick with windows.”

What’s a “meganoobs”? And what’s supposed to be a “dumb” users anyway?

Though I find your most other comments to be perfectly sensible, this one just sticks out like some drivel written by an grade-schooler.

#5 Posted by garegin on Dec 8, 2011 5:25 AM

someone who is scared to touch a mouse. i work in a computer store and see those people all the time. one guy spent 100+ dollars on a compaq from 1996 and when we finished putting the motherbboard the thing was blue screening dos style. another lady surfs the internet and often gets viruses because of social engeneering, has a gorgious iMac, but it too afraid too use it.

#6 Posted by JoeMonco on Dec 8, 2011 8:39 PM

“someone who is scared to touch a mouse. i work in a computer store and see those people all the time.”

So? Computers, to most people, are just a means to specific ends. As long as they can their jobs done, everything else is a story aside.

Coincidentally, those frequenting Pogson’s blog also mostly happen to be those working at computer stores. But what the hell am I supposed to know about the uncanny correlation?

“one guy spent 100+ dollars on a compaq from 1996 and when we finished putting the motherbboard the thing was blue screening dos style.”

I used NT4 back then, worked like a charm.

But, as far as we know, Windows Still Runs on DOS, right?

“another lady surfs the internet and often gets viruses because of social engeneering, has a gorgious iMac, but it too afraid too use it.”

Most people, computer-literate or otherwise, know what a Mac is. Seriously, why not head to your local Starbucks and take a look around?

#7 Posted by garegin on Apr 12, 2013 11:37 AM

Most people, computer-literate or otherwise, know what a Mac is.

Most people are not meganoobs. I don't see why you can't accept the fact that some people have a hard time putting songs of their iPod.

 

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