Linux started off as an OS only for computer experts. With no user friendly features. Linux was a wild beast only the fiercest of computer geeks could train. Ubuntu changed that scenario by making an idiot friendly distribution that was for the masses. But even today, the regular Windows user is afraid to migrate to Ubuntu for some reasons. Here are some remedies as a tip for developers of Linux distributions.
One Click Software Installs
Even after the software center and package manager, installing packages in Linux is a pain, especially on PCs without internet connection. Windows and Macs have installers for packages inbuilt and installation on Windows and Macs is a breeze. Linux needs to do something apart from the source tarball archives and this is a must!
I’ve talked about this in many of my articles, that WINE (Wine Is Not a Emulator) should be integrated into the Linux kernel for running Windows apps easily, which is one of the nightmares faced by the newbies in Linux, missing good old MS-Paint and MS-Office.
Although not much can actually be said, but Linux desktop interfaces just can’t match up with Aero and Aqua in Windows and OSX respectively. Not all want to work in a boring desktop environment, although much work has been done, we aren’t satisfied yet!
Although distributions come with a lot of drivers pre-installed but proprietary and old drivers for hardware that you need to use, hard luck. The driver finder service sucks and my old PMP wasn’t detected by a Linux system. This thing can be changed only by high end manufacturers if they start providing drivers for Linux in their CDs as well!
Better device mounting
The tips aren’t just for developers. They’re for you and me too. That’s the beauty of Linux. The fact that it is open source opens many doors. These are ideas upon which you and me can work upon.
Lets make Linux bigger and better! Supported by The Geeks Club!