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LXer 08-05-2008 06:50 PM

LXer: Fixing Linux, Part One: "The Space Between"
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I've been thinking about how to best improve the Linux* userland over the last few days. I was venting pretty loudly about my Linux gripe of the day -- I don't even remember what I was complaining about at the time, but it was a mess of shell scripting, pipes, and about half a dozen command line programs that were conspiring to drive me up the wall. Before I could get into a really quality rant, the kind that would peel paint off the walls, the friend who I was giving an earful to asked me a question, probably to shut me up.
"So what would you do to fix it?"
That's not exactly a new question, but I hadn't been asked it before. So I put a little thought into it.


XavierP 08-05-2008 07:03 PM

Has this guy read Linux Is Not Windows? He wants everything to be done from the GUI and he wants every option available from the GUI. He also wants only one programming language to be used, and so on. I believe Redmond produce a distro that he'd like.....

brianL 08-05-2008 07:50 PM

He's probably getting backhanders from M$. Hey, I can be really anti-M$ now without fear of being accused of hypocrisy, now that XP has been banished forever from my HDD!

hoodooman 08-05-2008 08:23 PM

The space between my ears got bored.Please dont try to fix Linux thanks very much.

brianL 08-06-2008 05:50 AM

Came across another useless rant today:

easuter 08-06-2008 06:32 AM


There’s also the other common path for libraries to go, equally wastefully. Somebody writes the library in a relatively consumable language, like C. Then, as people need to use it, bindings pop up for it–Ruby bindings, Python bindings, Perl bindings, whatever. As “language purity” starts to take hold (and most of the time, at some point or another, it does), for some reason it becomes important not to depend on that C library anymore, and it’s time to reimplement that C library in Ruby, in Python, in Perl. C’mon, let me hear you now: “uggggggggh.”

He thinks bindings are "reimplementations" of the original C library. :eek: :rolleyes:

brianL 08-06-2008 09:19 AM

I've seen quite a few of these ignorant rants/blogs/articles lately. Is this M$'s latest FUD tactic - pay idiots to write crap about GNU/Linux?

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