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osViews: GNU/Linux Home Desktop Kit PC Project Part 5: User Defaults

Jan 29, 2004, 04:00 (1 Talkback[s])

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"Given that all GNU/Linux software is freely available, various distributions of the open source operating system have the unique opportunity to offer their base and applications in a set-top-box or appliance configuration in a tightly-integrated complete package.

"None of the 80 plus Linux distributions I've tried, make any attempt at pre configuring sensible defaults for the applications bundled with the OS. Because of this, I've concluded that their motto must be, 'If it launches its done.' Many of these bundled applications may have jumped the gun. Often times, these applications won't launch and will sometimes even crash. The applications seem to be thrown in with little regard for inexperienced users.

"I fail to see the reason or logic behind this, especially considering they have access to the source code and can easily make customizations to achieve a more seamlessly integrated whole product. They all compile their own custom packages and build their own default skel anyway. I would argue that their work is far from done..."

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