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
"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
"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"