Mozilla Founder Betrays The Linux Desktop 9961
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I am a Netflix subscriber. I had them send me my rental history for the past year and it came as an email...3 columns of text with received...
On Fri, 29 Jul 2005 18:26:27 +0000, Rick
He also says he's been using Linux (not necessarily exclusively, though), for *six years* - and he still seems not to have a clue how it works.
Fedora (and SUSE?) may have had some dual-booting issues in the recent past, but I've had no problems dual-booting Windows with Mandrake and SUSE 9.2 - in fact, I just installed 9.2 on my dual-booter PC, no trouble at all.
I understand it's possible with Thunderbird, certainly, though I haven't done it - I only do email on Linux these days.
One reason I found him rather less than a reliable commentator on the state of the Linux desktop. Also, he's using FC4, which is not a distro the average newbie is likely to meet straight off. Linspire is more likely a choice for some of them, and from the looks of the Live CD I tried recently, they'll get on fine.
To a certain degree, I can see his point there. However, on the whole I would prefer Linux not to ape Windows too much. There *are* some sensible reasons for making apps look familiar to Windows users, but they aren't much help to those switching from other platforms, or coming to Linux as first time users. Personally, I would rather see good design done the Linux way - I *like* the fact that it doesn't look or feel like Windows.
Linux developers can't win. If they make their work more Windows-like, they're accused of copying, stealing, not being innovative or original. If they go their own way, they're castigated for making it hard for Windows users to migrate.
All he betrays is a lack of understanding of his subject, IMO. Bailo is talking out of his arse as usual.