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Old 09-03-2006, 07:20 PM   #1
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Making Linux easier...


Hello everyone,

This question is directed primarily toward newbie end users, who are just getting used to Linux.

I'm thinking about starting a series of projects to make the GNU/Linux OS easier to use for the general public, starting with the userland software. So I'm asking you all at linuxquestions.org, what would you like to see? I'm having difficulty coming up with ideas (I think its easy enough, but I know others would not agree).

Any ideas, suggestions, or developers welcome.
 
Old 09-03-2006, 07:53 PM   #2
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I think that better device recognition would help many newbies as that is what most newbies come on here for. I dont really need it because I dont mind manually configuring my devices, but newbies sure do. It would also be better for wireless cards if there was a better program to manage networks, WPA keys/WEP, and other wireless tools. Hope this helps.

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Old 09-03-2006, 09:15 PM   #3
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something like "About this Mac" in apple world. and direct to right package.

Happy Penguins!
 
Old 09-03-2006, 10:15 PM   #4
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This has been discussed a billion trillion gazillion times. I don't believe you can have any one singluar effort to make linux as a whole easier, there are just too many variations on the little things running among the different distros. Pick a distro and work on tools specific to it.
 
Old 09-04-2006, 12:30 AM   #5
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This has been discussed a billion trillion gazillion times. I don't believe you can have any one singluar effort to make linux as a whole easier, there are just too many variations on the little things running among the different distros. Pick a distro and work on tools specific to it.
You're right--a singular effort for ALL linux distros would be impossibly difficult. I'm targeting desktop-oriented distributions (i.e. SUSE, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva, etc.) that most newbies would use.

If this has been discussed before, could you direct me to the threads? I didn't notice any immediately similar threads when I searched the site.

As far as the device driver difficulties are concerned, it may be possible to set up a database (or a set of databases) of device driver source code (or mirrors to it) and the hardware it supports. Distros could ship with a client daemon that would contact the database periodically for hardware driver updates. The daemon could send the database a list of the installed hardware (i.e. from lspci), query it for the appropriate drivers, and download and build upgrades from the database (kind of like apt-get and module-assistant in Debian, only automated). Network installation discs could be shipped with the daemon to assist the end-user in configuring their hardware. When new hardware is detected, the daemon could automatically check and see if there is a driver available for it, and, if needed, download and build it automatically, or search other media for the driver (i.e. a driver on a CD). End-users like us may wish to disable this (we don't mind doing this manually), but the average end-user who just migrated over from Win-doze may find this extremely helpful.

Just a thought, though.
 
  


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