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Old 03-22-2012, 12:47 PM   #1
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Improving Linux


Can you guys enlist the areas where we need to take efforts to make Linux even better?
By emphasizing on specific points we channelize our focus.
 
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:48 PM   #2
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Ehrm...I dont get it. Are you working on a specific distro? Where does this question come from?
 
Old 03-22-2012, 12:50 PM   #3
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Get involved with whatever interests you. For example I like helping people so my emphasis is the forums.
 
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:52 PM   #4
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it isnt related to any particular distro as such.i want to change people's perception that Linux is not easy to work with.For example,if we consider backtrack we can improve its GUI
 
Old 03-22-2012, 12:56 PM   #5
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sounds like Linux Advocacy to me...if I'm not mistaken...
 
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:01 PM   #6
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it isnt related to any particular distro as such.i want to change people's perception that Linux is not easy to work with.For example,if we consider backtrack we can improve its GUI
The problem with this is what constitutes "easy to work with". Some people like a system that they can't really personalise and which only shows them simple actions by default and others like to be able to change everything until it's "perfect" for them.
Personally I think that Linux is as good as it needs to be (within reason, and of course everything can improve) but some people simply don't want to use it.
That said, I bet if you could get the top twenty PC games working under Linux the hardcore system-building gamers would give it a go and probably like it.
 
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:01 PM   #7
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i want to change people's perception that Linux is not easy to work with.
It is easy to change Linux (because it is an open-source project and anyone can get involved) BUT it is very difficult to change another human being's perception.

Once suggestion: Complete a project in your field of interest. When people ask "how did you make this awesome application/website/game/movie/etc??" you can answer "using LINUX!" and maybe that will encourage discussion.
 
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:16 PM   #8
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it isnt related to any particular distro as such.
I got something for ya. Imrove our kernel. It's getting fat and slow. Stability is also decreasing.
 
Old 03-22-2012, 02:20 PM   #9
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I got something for ya. Imrove our kernel. It's getting fat and slow. Stability is also decreasing.
I hope you're not hinting at the Arch kernel in particular...
 
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Well, Arch's kernel is pretty vanilla so I am talking about kernel in general.
 
Old 03-22-2012, 02:41 PM   #11
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Well, Arch's kernel is pretty vanilla so I am talking about kernel in general.
Hmm, personally, I've always been in favor of an in-place on the spot compile of the kernel, with only those trimmings that are called for. But, that may increase the install time by hours...
 
Old 03-22-2012, 02:55 PM   #12
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Can you guys enlist the areas where we need to take efforts to make Linux even better?
No, because there are no areas that don't need improvement.
 
Old 03-22-2012, 03:04 PM   #13
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That said, I bet if you could get the top twenty PC games working under Linux the hardcore system-building gamers would give it a go and probably like it.
I agree.
I know a lot of windows users who despise MS practices and would really give linux a go... if only it had native versions of top games (eg. CoD/ BF / AssassinCreed / Skyrim etc.) Without that, linux may be getting better and better everyday. Still they won't switch to it.
 
Old 03-22-2012, 03:24 PM   #14
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I think the reason why people don't want to use GNU/Linux desktop OSs is because most people are afraid of the required learning stage.
Also most people are afraid that the programs they use don't work in a different OS, games are one example.
Lots of computers users also use Mobil devices that only work in a different platform.

However more and more people are using Linux in the form of Android phones, Tablets, and eReaders, which is good.
I don't know why there are lots of apps and games for these devices that are not in the Desktop environments yet, like the Netflix player.
 
Old 03-22-2012, 07:55 PM   #15
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I'd say there are 3 main areas:

1. HW compatibility; much better that it used to be, but still some issues; most manufacturers concentrate on MS & lately Apple
2. Games: as above
3. MS Office files; the vast majority of the world uses it, so really strong ability to read/write MS files, especially more complex ones would be a big help to Libre Office (formerly OO)

As above, people don't want to learn, so, like it or not, MS compatibility in all areas I'm afraid ...

Personally I only have Linux at home, but I don't do games or complex docs, so no big deal for me

PS: this is all assuming you mean desktops...

Servers: again MS compat; A really solid replacement for Exchange, inc shared calendars etc. MS do tie things together like email/calendaring etc that is very useful for a modern office
I believe there are a few attempts like Zimbra etc https://www.linux.com/learn/tutorial...ves-for-linux-, but I've seen varying comments as to whether they really do the full functionality.
Not my area, so I'm only speculating here...

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