Jdawg683, on 21 December 2012 - 18:40, said:
i just cant stand Linux b/c you have to use the command line to do anything with it. perhaps the Distros have evolved since a few years ago when i was using Fedora and Ubuntu. It takes me 20x longer to find or do something in Linux than Windows. i find myself constantly in linux forums looking for the stupid 15 commands i have to type to find the buried conf file. Then you have to open your cmd line file editor and manually mod it. why? why would anyone have to do this in 2012?
then there's the perpetual issue of installing software. sure, the GET stuff is convenient, but not when you have to download a .tar.gz file from a website. good luck installing it! you have to unzip, run 'make /install' and watch the command line (once again) go to work. why cant i just download an exe, double click it and click install from a nice GUI?
Then people say that Windows has too many patches. in my experience, Ubuntu had massive amounts of patches, daily.
<exaggeration> Then i love the people that suggest using Linux-based equivalent software. So Ubuntu doesnt run Office like Windows does. Just use kOffice, they say! boy, that's fun until it wont open any docx files </exaggeration>
First of all, you just admitted that you have not tried Linux in a few years. Even 3-4 years ago there were .deb and .rpm packages for most software. Very rarely did you have to compile from a tar.gz or otherwise. The last handful of releases of Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, etc. can work just fine without ever touching a terminal window. Especially in Ubuntu, there are programs for everything imaginable. Give me an example of when you may have to do this in 2012 with Ubuntu. With other more advanced distros, sure. I use Arch and I know there is some terminal work to accomplish.
I am not sure about the mainstream distros, but I cannot imagine they have more patches than Windows has. Some small updates, sure. If you are not on a dial-up connection, what is horrible about a Software Center upgrading your packages for a moment in the background?
No, Ubuntu does not run a native Microsoft Office. I have never used KOffice that I can recall, but you can simply install LibreOffice. It opens .docx files with no issue. Seriously man, you should at least use a product within the last five years before you say how horrible it is. Things change.