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Dotzler: Linux Not Ready for the Desktop Part 2: Helping Regular People Install Software on Linux

Jul 26, 2005, 20:30 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Asa Dotzler)

"In my original article about Linux on the desktop, the second major point I brought was API stability and an easy and uniform software installation story. I said, 'The second problem that blocks massive Linux Desktop growth is stability. I don't mean the not crashing kind of stability, I'm talking about a stable API that doesn't require the user jump through hoops when they want to download a new application from download.com.'

"There are two basic methods of installing software on Linux, using the package system from your distribution, or downloading source and compiling. Compiling is right out for Regular People coming from Windows..."

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