livecode on xubuntu 13.10
richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Thu Dec 26 09:31:41 EST 2013
On 26/12/13 15:49, Peter Alcibiades wrote:
> Well... why Ubuntu? An inconvenient question?
Why not Debian Stable with 32 bit libraries? 64 bit Seems to work
perfectly. If you want XFCE just install it. That is a sensible choice
given the total mess that Gnome has become. XFCE is fast and simple. I
have replaced xfwm with metacity for one installation. Its pretty close to
Gnome 2. Or there would also be cinnamon or mate as an alternative.
Or, if you want to get really purist, Slackware with xfce. If it doesn't
run on Slackware you know its the package. If it doesn't run on Ubuntu, all
you really know is that you have a problem. Which may or may not go away or
be replaced by a different one in six months time.
The popularity of Ubuntu is quite baffling, but what is even more baffling
is the fact that so many people see it as the only option.
The popularity of Ubuntu is no more baffling than the popularity of Windows.
The vast majority of people do not realise that a PC can do anything at
all without Windows;
those who have managed to break the mould far enough to embrace Ubuntu
be congratulated for escaping the Windows-only tyranny, not damned for
Ubuntu is the sum-total of Linux.
Both are rather substandard when compared with other operating systems if
you are somebody who is trying to do something other than:
Use an Office Suite
surf the internet
use internet telephony apps
Oddly enough (!!!!) the vast majority of desktop users do
jolly-nicely-thank-you with Windows,
and the vast majority of desktop Linux users do JNTY with Ubuntu.
I, for one, use Ubuntu at my school for very banal reasons:
1. Not Windows which costs money and catches viruses.
2. Ubuntu is moronically easy to install and works 100% with the stuff I
need for my school.
This endless 'noise' that is anti-Windows (speaking as someone who was
extremely anti-Windows for years)
and, now, anti-Ubuntu begins to get like the vile, high-pitched shrieks
coming from Richard Stallman, who, having made his point extremely well
cannot let things be but must carry them to a ridiculous reductio
that only serves to turn many people against him.
Here are the facts, however much it may make Linux "purists" get their
netherware in a twist:
Windows rules the waves (for now),
Macintosh computers are used by posers and people who have academic
grants paying for their computers.
Ubuntu rules the Linux desktop wavelets.
I don't like Windows, Peter doesn't like Ubuntu, I don't like the fact
that Elton John is gay: but, Hey, let's deal with it, because while de
facto may not be the way we would have it, that's the way things are.
I market products for Windows, and I listen to Elton John's (early)
music: and, guess what, I'm still breathing :)
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