Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
No. Not me personally. It’s the threat that we, as Linux users and developers, hear constantly. It’s on the forums, mailing lists and IRC. These ridiculous threats, that if something in the Linux operating system is not fixed or handled to their liking, they’re running back to Windows. To me, it seems to be getting worse and worse.
If I may, I’d like to discuss this for a second. First, I’d like to discuss what Microsoft is doing to the computing world. I give my respect where respect is due, and recognize that they have had great success, but wish to conjecture, that by making an operating system more user friendly, you reduce the mental challenging of a computer user. I’m not calling the user ‘dumb’, just not challenged.
Because, apparently, if there is no *.exe file to step them through an installation process, then it’s too hard to install software. Obviously, if there is no Start Menu, then the system isn’t user friendly. Of course, if there is no Control Panel, then the system can’t be maintained. And, by having to use the terminal from time to time, you have to be a programmer. So why bother? Obviously, Linux is just too hard of an operating system. Linux is demanding just too much from the user. It will never replace Windows on the desktop.
It’s almost as if, we as Linux developers, package managers and users even, are supposed to dumb down the operating system, so we can accommodate Windows users.