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AS a person who thinks that linux is a great idea.But as a person whom has no idea of a command window.Is there a version yet of linux with a double click install yet?I would say goodbye windows now,if there was.I am not looking for a education,just a easy to use OS.I have,in the past been called a crazy for asking such a question.But,I keep coming back here every few months and checking.For when there is such a option,with a double click to install emulater,I ,and most the world,will no longer need win whatever
okay,I will go ahead and build another machine and experiment with it.Last time I installed linux(Ubuntu) on a machine,I could never ger real player working.Beind a big dummy.I dont wanna have root bins,and cmd lines etc...--I simply want to click to install.Sit back and relax.If that will work,I would be a happy camper.For I ,being a casual user ,dont really wana get eduacated to the inner workings of OS systems,I just want it to work simply
You will probably be better off if you use the package manager and stick to packages supplied by you distro, or a repo like Packman for SuSE or Livna for Fedora Core for media packages. This will make it easier to locate packages. The installation is more like adding components in Windows than running an install program.
One of the thing that a distro does is decide what versions of libraries to use for that distro, and build everything to those versions. So the really important libraries that most programs use will tend to be stable.
Also, if you stick with your distro's packages, the distro's update system will supply security updates. There are only a couple exceptions such as Firefox or Adobe's acroread that may download newer versions or newer plugin versions.
So although you needed to go through the package manager to install it, instead of double clicking on an icon, you won't need to go through your programs and update each one.
Also, compare an installation for a program like Putty on Windows v.s. an installation of openssh and openssl in Linux. In windows you will be prompted for the install directory. After generating your key pair in putty (keygen.exe) you need to decide where to save the file. The permissions on these files may not be set properly and there isn't a standard place to save the file. Installing ssh from the package manager, the server config files go in /etc/ssh/sshd_config. and other files go in standard Linux locations, such as /usr/bin/ or /usr/lib. You don't need to think about it. Running ssh-keygen, a key pair is created, and you can accept the default location for the id_rsa, id_rsa.pub key pair files.
Also compare modifying the ssh server configuration in a text editor. The config file is well commented and mostly self explanatory. Compare that with modifying values in the registry editor.
It's pretty much a matter of six of one vs a half dozen of another.