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Old 07-07-2003, 06:39 AM   #1
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Smile installing Linux and its software

installing Linux always appears tedious for users familiar with the windows operating system. this is also the case for the softwares available for Linux. clicking a single button installs the software in windows. However for Linux this is not so easy which creates fear in the minds of the average user who was and is also currently associating the Linux OS as suitable only for technical users. Dont you think the Linux community should make the installation of the Linux OS and its software more average user friendly?
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if you're after a discussion, i'd suggest you look in the general forum for many already running discussion sabout this subject.

(and FYI, installing software in Gentoo is much much easier than in Windows)
Old 07-07-2003, 06:26 PM   #3
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"Tedious" installing Linux?............Mandrake 9.1 in 26 minutes with a dual boot Win 2K???...........faster then windoze...

I will agree that the "installation" of individual packages afterwards should be easier for the less technically inclined.

Old 07-07-2003, 08:01 PM   #4
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Slackware 9.0 customized install; 23 minutes (including partitioning, which isn't completely necessary). It's just like Windows; you have to know what you want and how to do what you want. *shrug*
Old 07-07-2003, 08:54 PM   #5
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No problems here, I type 'apt-get install name_of_program'.
clicking a single button installs the software in windows.
Besides clicking to accept the EULA, default directories and so forth?
As far as compiling from source. Tell me how you normally do that on Windows and I will let you know if it is easier on Linux.
Old 07-07-2003, 09:09 PM   #6
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Mandrake has urpmi, just click on anything in the database and automagically installed including all dependancies.

Just because something is unfamiliar does not mean it is bad, the first time I ever installed a program on windows I stressed more than my first install of Linux. I now find linux more familiar than windows, simply because I spend more time on my linux box.
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I like using archive files and then compiling them. Sure RPM files and most Windows programs can be easy to install. Both Windows programs and RPM files are very, very messy to uninstall. Programs from an archive file is much simpler. You just delete its directory and the linker or its execution file in /usr/bin. Some LINUX programs come with scripts so the removal process is much easier.

I like the LINUX environment. I don't have to dig into registry like in Windows and found out what garbage to take out.


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