Why I Don’t Switch To Linux Just Yet

Even though I prefer my web servers to run Linux, I just can’t seem to switch my personal computer to Linux just yet. From an end-user standpoint, Linux is still very rough around the edges, here’s my personal checklist (in no particular order) that I’d like to see fulfilled.

  • The ability to install a piece of software without having to invoke a CLI.
  • A full-featured development environment (that’s not Eclipse) that rivals Visual Studio in C++ development.
  • A non-Unix-like file system.
  • Better manual when you buy a distribution (SUSE manual: case and point).
  • Better IHV driver support.
  • Better native ISV software support without having to run Wine.
  • And the coup de grĂ¢ce: An OpenGL specification that can compete with Direct3D.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Linux itself, in fact much of my development time goes into LAMP related work. But for the desktop it just seems like a CLI-ridden nightmare at the moment.


Anonymous Says:
On March 20th, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Since when have you had to use a CLI to install packaged software on any modern distro? On Ubuntu, I just use synaptic.

On March 20th, 2009 at 2:17 PM

The problem is that not all software comes in packaged form, such as Mesa3d or display drivers, which are kind of important for me to keep up-to-date and still have to be installed through a CLI.

Mushroom Says:
On June 28th, 2009 at 2:06 AM

You pretty much hit the nail on the head, I agree on every point. My biggest turn off is the file system, I don’t like being confined to the home folder, I like my OS to be confined. I run my computer, not the other way around >:C

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