[–] luckyguy 1 points 7 points (+8|-1) ago  (edited ago)

This is good stuff. When people put serious time and analysis into making something comprehensive it should always be well received. That said there are a few errors here and there. No anti-virus for Linux, what about clamav or AVG?

I wish he said more about what specific applications he feels is missing from linux.


[–] 007ace 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Well, correct me if I'm wrong but avg and clam search for windows based viruses on Linux to keep shares clean and do livecd cleaning. There are Linux viruses and malware (few and far between) but no real antivirus to protect against them.


[–] gbj1301 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

chkrootkit and rkhunter come to mind


[–] 3dk 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

No optimus support out of the box.

In Mint 17.2, I clicked a button in the driver manager and optimus switching worked. I don't know how much more "out of the box" you can get.

There are probably other points in the article that are non-issues, but overall it is a good comprehensive list of things that can be improved.


[–] Kookus 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

He's trying to say that they OS doesn't come with the proprietary drivers that allow this switching; what he's failing to point out, though, is that neither does Windows. In both instances, you have to have a "working internet connection" to download and install the drivers that provide access to the higher functions of the hardware in question, and it's that download process that is apparently offensive to him. If I had to venture a guess, I'd say that the counter point to this assertion would be that Windows "does too" come with NVidia/AMD/ATI drivers because vendors preinstall them on their hardware prior to shipment, but this argument falls flat because the only real comparison you can make to vendor-supplied hardware running a Linux desktop OS in this market is the Steam Machine, and it absolutely does come with the proprietary drivers preinstalled.


[–] Caboose_Calloway 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

If only 10% of these get fixed Linux will become absolutely stellar.


[–] do_it_on_acid 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

2016 not calling it GNU/Linux || GNU Plus Linux

2016 altavista

This article is discredited on arrival.


[–] 3769908? 2 points 0 points (+2|-2) ago 

Very nicely written, concise, well-thought-out and well-written article.

I hope the author never mentions any of this on the ubuntu forums; they'll blast him for such blasphemous writings.

That being said - I don't know if it is just Voat, or if it is a global thing, but it seems that lately there are a lot of people supporting the belief that Linux (sorry - GNU/Linux for those of you who can't figure out what people mean when I just say "Linux") is simply not mature enough for a serious platform. For the 10+ years I've been using Linux, the mere mention of a problem has generally been met with responses ranging from "you shouldn't use that hardware then" to "well it won't work with just any system"... never an admission that there may be an issue that can't be blamed on the hardware support or the user's inability to read every man page and config file and error log.

But in the past year, I have noticed the defensive posturing of the supporters is mellowing a bit, and possibly a shift toward a mentality that says "yes, there actually are some problems." Hopefully, this shift is not just my imagination, and will result in some serious work being done to correct some serious issues.


[–] Kookus 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

I don't know. Well-written? With gems like this:

Microsoft Office is not available for Linux.

... or this:

Several crucial Windows applications are not available under Linux

... or even this one:

You don't play games, do you?

It comes off as more of a polished rant than anything else. Yes, Linux has issues; it's always had issues. In the last few years it has made great strides in addressing those issues thanks to people in the open source community contributing their blood, sweat, and tears to various projects, instead of screaming about how vendors haven't made their commercial products available on the platform. There's only so much OSS devs can do to help ATI/AMD or NVidia with their proprietary driver problems; the rest is on them... and as far as releasing Microsoft Office on Linux goes, give me a break.

And yes, actually, I do play games. I have three gaming rigs all running Mint. My wife and I play regularly, and we host LAN parties about once a month. Between titles with native clients and the work that has gone into Wine lately, we've had no trouble playing any of the AAA releases our group is interested in. Two years ago, yeah, this was a valid complaint... but I thought the point of this article was that it was "regularly updated."