Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Why Linux will never see the user base Windows or OSX recieves

Linux. Some people think its a wild jungle cat. Some people think its a hacker's operating system called Lunix. And some know its got something to do with computers but don't know much else about it.

Well Linux is the term used to refer to a group of operating systems that are based on the Linux Kernel. With the kernel essentially being the central core of an operating system. Think "your brain." I'm not really going to go further into depth because if you're reading this you're following this blog you're more than likely well versed on the ideas of computers and their operating systems.

Linux is well known to be much more secure than Windows or OSX, and is also known to be highly customizable, being able to run on almost any hardware setup with little to no tweaks. It can also usually take full advantage of the hardware. Whereas Windows or OSX is limited to drivers and such, Linux users can tweak their installs to go deeper and further than those sissy drivers. Think: Non-Multi touch trackpad becomes Multi touch with a few tweaks.

Also due to its incredibly intelligent user base, there is almost never a virus developed for Linux because it would be like attempting to single-handedly wage a war against Spartan Warriors armed only with a basil plant.

Well! Linux sounds dandy! I should install it right now!

Hold your horses. Read the title again. I'm not trying to sell Linux to you but by all mean try out Ubuntu's Wubi installer if you're so inclined.

Linux inherently is incredulously confusing. There are hundreds of different distros of it. A distro of Linux is essentially another operating system. Each one specializes in something and each one does something better or worse. The ones that jump out of my head immediately are Ubuntu, BackTrack, Fedora, Damn Small Linux, Puppy Linux, and gOS. Each one is different from the other.

With the incredible saturation of distros, it makes it incredibly difficult to choose one. Especially when you don't know what they are or do. If all the developers of each distro could combine their efforts and create one solid competitor to Windows or OSX, it would be surely something I would give my computer to. I want to see a super Linux OS. Ubuntu's got a good shot at it, but there are components of BackTrack that I still need or have yet to see in Ubuntu or components of Fedora, etc.
Its just too much a learning curve to give Ubuntu the functionality that a user expects out of Linux.

I remember spending awhile trying to get a more robust Compiz GUI to run on Ubuntu. The whole Synaptics Package Installer just doesn't match the ease of a standard EXE installer or DMG. When is Linux going to see something similar to those? I'm not sure if Linux already has something similar, but I've never seen one and to be honest, it just really makes or breaks the deal for me.

Another issue I'd say are drivers for higher functionality. But thats more or less the need for me to get into monitor mode in my new laptop. Thats a post for another day.

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