Unix vs Windows, round 1000: Why is installing so damn hard?

This came from an anonymous slashdot comment. I didn't write it: I wish there was a way to install programs common accross all versions of linux. Linux zealots are now saying "oh installing is so easy, just do apt-get install package or emerge package": Yes, because typing in "apt-get" or "emerge" makes so much more sense to new users than double-clicking an icon that says "setup". Linux zealots are far too forgiving when judging the difficultly of Linux configuration issues and far too harsh when judging the difficulty of Windows configuration issues. Example comments: User: "How do I get Quake 3 to run in Linux?" Zealot: "Oh that's easy! If you have Redhat, you have to download quake_3_rh_8_i686_010203_glibc.bin, then do chmod +x on the file. Then you have to su to root, make sure you type export LD_ASSUME_KERNEL=2.2.5 but ONLY if you have that latest libc6 installed. If you don't, don't set that environment variable or the installer will dump core. Before you run the installer, make sure you have the GL drivers for X installed. Get them at [some obscure web address], chmod +x the binary, then run it, but make sure you have at least 10MB free in /tmp or the installer will dump core. After the installer is done, edit /etc/X11/XF86Config and add a section called "GL" and put "driver nv" in it. Make sure you have the latest version of X and Linux kernel 2.6 or else X will segfault when you start. OK, run the Quake 3 installer and make sure you set the proper group and setuid permissions on quake3.bin. If you want sound, look here [link to another obscure web site], which is a short HOWTO on how to get sound in Quake 3. That's all there is to it!" User: "How do I get Quake 3 to run in Windows?" Zealot: "Oh God, I had to install Quake 3 in Windoze for some lamer friend of mine! God, what a fucking mess! I put in the CD and it took about 3 minutes to copy everything, and then I had to reboot the fucking computer! Jesus Christ! What a retarded operating system!" So, I guess the point I'm trying to make is that what seems easy and natural to Linux geeks is definitely not what regular people consider easy and natural. Hence, the preference towards Windows.


Blogger ClintJCL said...

So as it turns out, this comment is part of someone's campaign to propagandize against Linux (which I do believe to be the future -- just not something usable in the present).

And it turns out, this person uses some form of automation to post it all over slashdot and the web, and this annoys people.

And it turns out that some of the people annoyed have equivalent level of tachnical savvy, and launch counter attacks.

Someone else semeed to take notice of this, and reposted that anonymous comment in response to some minor flame war I was having for fun-at-work, but added my signature to it, making it look like me.

So some big asshole decided it was me, and launched an attack against my blog, adding stupid comments linking back to the post.

Sheeeeeesh....... People defending their operating system pride with scripts? Are people such big nerds they can't even stand up to each other face to face? Are people such big nerds they can't even stand up to people ONLINE, but rather have to write scripts to do their dirty work for them? Are people such pussies they are scared to make a "man to man" comment in a non-anonymous fashion?

I'm glad I'm married and having sex constanstly and don't have time for this loser business.

10/01/2005 08:48:00 PM 

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