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20 things we'd change about installing software in Linux

Jan 11, 2011, 14:02 (2 Talkback[s])

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"Software installation in Linux can confuse new users, while it pleases and irritates more experienced campaigners in equal measure.

"Here are 20 things we'd change about it.

"1. Open Source doesn't mean Only Source

""It's open source, here's the source" can be a cop out. Most users don't actually want the source (as long as it's open), they want a binary. Developers should be more proactive about making packages of their programs available. They don't have to do it themselves – there are plenty that would help given some encouragement.

"2. How to run

""I've installed Foo, how do I run it?" Hands up anyone who hasn't seen this on a help forum? All window managers that comply with the Freedesktop.org standards, which includes all the main ones, respect the standard XDG desktop files for menu entries. There's no excuse for installing a graphical program and it not appearing in the menus afterwards"

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