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Kracked_P_P---webmaster wrote:

I think we would have more Linux users if packages like LO can be
installed with one "click" of the mouse onto the install file as Windows
does with the .msi file.  Having to do the terminal commands like "sudo
dpkg -i *.deb " tends to make it a little harder.  Maybe just having a
script so all you have to do is type in "sh" would make it

I fully agree, based on my experiences over the past couple years experimenting with Linux. My Linux problems have not just been about installation of the OS. They have also included post-installation issues such as installing new applications. I have tried numerous Linux distros in Live CDs, Live USBs, Wubi installations, and true Dual Boot installations. Nearly all of my problems have cropped up *after* the initial OS installation.

I'm an old DOS user from way back. Command lines don't scare me, but I prefer pointing and clicking on a single file to install a program (even if it were an old DOS batch file). This is the primary way in which I believe Linux trails Windows. To me, Linux is like trying to use an incomplete Windows, one that provides *some* GUI access while still requiring the user to use a text-based command line to perform basic tasks. I shouldn't have to install my own seat on the plane!

This is painfully apparent in the various program managers and repositories. At first, I thought it was really cool to use, say, an Ubuntu software manager to simply search for and click on a program to install. It *really* does work slick... until I realized that I've just installed a program that's more than one or two generations old. To get the latest version (even the latest stable version) means downloading multiple files, and running all those "Sudo" commands. Tom mentions copying and pasting the commands from online instructions. Yes, it can be done, and it's not rocket science, but if Linux wants to be considered as a serious Windows alternative, that's not the way to do it.

The proof is in the pudding. I've used both Windows and Linux. To install the latest version of LO in Windows, I click on a single file. To install the latest version of LO in Linux requires multiple steps that I've never even tried to figure out. Like Tom, I tend to simply accept whatever the GUI repository gives me, even if it's not the latest.


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