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)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"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..."