Help Net Security: Interview with Scott Mann
Apr 01, 2003, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In your opinion, where does Linux need the most
development at the moment?
"I still think that there are two major areas. The first is
application support. Application developers (everything from word
processing to databases to games) have been slow to adopt Linux as
a platform. A lot of this can be attributed to the economic climate
over the last three years, but at least some of it is attributable
to the second area of development need.
"The second is ease-of-use/ease-of-administration. Although the
desktop environment (either gnome or CDE) has gotten much better,
there are still major issues with configuration and administration.
Simple things like configuring X-Windows still requires
considerable knowledge under certain circumstances. Adding devices
and device drivers can still challenge the most adept
administrators. Configuring a Linux firewall, for example, is quite