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Weblog:   Is Linux Annoying?
Subject:   The only annoyances *I* felt:
Date:   2003-08-22 09:56:35
From:   red_angel
Well, the HOWTO I found on installing TrueType
fonts was ambiguous on a few points. First of
all, it was unclear as to whether or not I
needed to install the Windows TrueType font or
the Macintosh TrueType font.


It also didn't mention that I'd have to
erase the .gimp* directory in my home directory
for the font changes to take effect.


Other than that, the only problem I have
with Linux is not from the OS itself, but
from the lack of industry support for Linux.


Many people in the Linux community consider
a company to be "friendly" towards Linux
if they just so much as release the information
that's needed to write a driver for the device.
Of course, that might be helpful to people who
know how to write drivers. However, it doesn't
help the average user. By the time that the
driver is (a) written (b) distributed and
(c) included in a Linux distribution that
(d) a large enough number of people have
had an oppurtune time to upgrade to it, more
often than not that hardware-device can no
longer be found in stores, as it's been by
that time replace by it's successor.


I think that we need to put pressure on
people who manufacture drivers to start
doing for Linux the same thing they do
for other OS-es. Not more. Just the same
thing. That is, including the Linux driver
in the CD-ROM that ships with the device.