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Old 02-11-2004, 05:27 PM   #1
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We all know that Linux is great but...

what features whould you like to see in linux (every part of linux not just the kernel)?

I would like to see a better package installer (CLI and/or GUI based) that can be distro neutral. maybe a CLI program with a GUI frontend.

Mostly just some consolidation of the OS in general. try and make KDE less bloated (remove some redundant programs, i.e 5 KDE based text editors)
better memory management with KDE (not the shell). Combine similar programs (video and mp3/ogg players).

I understand that linux (CLI) is a bunch of little programs that handle small tasks very well, but the GUI needs to become less cumbersome.

Programs that only require one or 2 seperate libraries, should include them with the main program before they allow people to download it. Better yet have a source code without libs and one with the libs included. Some programs do this. I find it very helpful since I only have to download one thing and do one ./configure && make && checkinstall to get it working.

I think that more distros should follow the LSB. Somehow we need to be able to install packages that we dont have to search for a specific version number RPM/TGZ/DEB to get it to work. Systems can be secure while following the LSB.

I am only giving suggestions. I love learning about Linux and figuring out new things to do with my SlackBox. I just dont want to fuss around with the simple things (CLI or GUI). I dont want to have 5 windows open to handle one task (I do spend a lot of time with the CLI, for really simple tasks that are harder to do in GUI). i am not saying that 5 text editors is a bad thing. I think that KDE should choose which one they want to put in and leave it at that (allowing you to download the others online). They could combine the features of all of them to make an all powerful text editor.

Just a few ideas.
Please post your ideas.
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Old 02-11-2004, 05:47 PM   #2
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-One single X11 toolkit that's both standard and good (too many different competing toolkits, most of them mediocre, and the old-school widgets look like absolute hell)
-Reliable NATIVE write support for NTFS
-More distros should detect hardware at least as well as Knoppix does
-More native commercial games. If anything we're further behind on this one than we were in the year 2000.
-Less "user-friendly" bloated inflexible unscriptable GUI apps
-More user-hostile modular scriptable CLI apps
-But seriously, I would prefer to see more GUI apps operate as frontends to CLI apps, and I'd prefer to see them do it a lot more cleanly than they now do. This gives us the best of both worlds.
-Quicker, better support for the newest video hardware. This one is really up to the vendors.
-the freebsd portage system is superior to current packaging systems in most respects, we need more work done on stealing this feature from freebsd.
Old 02-11-2004, 05:51 PM   #3
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I'd prefer more distros to lighten up on assumptions, even if it means needing to make a few extra decisions during the installation. I don't like having to change my default runlevel after everything's been installed. I don't appreciate a distro (in this case SuSE) assuming that I want and love KDE. Default menu setups are often biased toward certain applications...that needs fixin'. Packages are not all they are made out to be...often they're poorly built and not tested thoroughly. Installations are moving farther away from customizable in favor of user-friendliness...even after choosing "install everything" there are packages that don't get installed.
These are the kinds of things I wanted to leave behind me when I picked up Linux. I'm in favor of maximum choice, sacrificing a quick initial setup if necessary.
Old 02-11-2004, 08:55 PM   #4
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mikshaw I think you'd like Slackware.
Old 02-11-2004, 09:19 PM   #5
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I do like Slackware =o)
I've got slack 8.1 on my backup (ancient) machine

I have a history with SuSE, though, and when I've wanted to set up a system that I know without a doubt I can get running the way I want (eventually), I've always gone with SuSE. I'm hoping, though, that before long I will know enough about the guts of Linux to be able to run Slackware on my workstation without worrying whether my X server is optimal (i've always relied on sax for that), and a few other things for which I've used suse GUI tools as crutches.
Each day I visit these forums, though, I learn something new....even in my attempts to help others I often find myself a little better off than before, whether it be because someone has pointed out a mistake i've made, or i just have to do a bit more research before being sure of what I'm posting. So...yes, Kovacs, you're right. Slackware really is for me....I'm waiting for just the right moment to return....yep.


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