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Desktop Linux: free behind the high price As the introduction of professional-level computing to ordinary PC, a free operating system, Linux has made considerable progress; would like to first turn off the system, such a simple operation needs to perform a secret handshake, or sent to the computer esoteric prayer (such as "computername ~ # the shutdown-hnow"). Today, almost all Linux distributions (release of the popular market there are about 450 models) stiff rigid command-line hidden behind a beautiful user interface, such as Gnome, KDE, the Enlightenment or Xfce user interface, which mimics the billion Windows users are familiar with the desktop metaphor (desktopmetaphor) concept. In case now really want to gracefully shut down a Linux machine, you only need a few mouse clicks on the line.

Once set up the Linux machine can run unimpeded. Not bother to Windows, and even Macs, viruses and other malicious software, no fears. In addition, if needed, a convenient packa ge management tools are available to download and install additional software. Later, developers have begun to customize Linux for the desktop side, the reporter moved to Caldera OpenLinux, and later moved to Xandros, Knoppix, openSUSE and Kubuntu, the final choice the LinuxMint of KDE version. The LinuxMint The biggest advantage is that widely in favor of the principle of free and open source software (FOSS) at the same time, it also is pleased to absorb the proprietary drivers, codecs, utilities, and like Adobe Flash plug-in. The aim has been to simplify life for users, rather than to please open-source advocates. However, a reporter attacked, upgrade to higher version, LinuxMint requires the user to a full re-install, rather than rolling incremental update (rollingincrementalupdate the). Understand the whole story, but think this is unnecessary chore. Quickly followed every six months a new version of Canonical's popular Ubuntu's latest version (LinuxMint-based Ubuntu; and Ubuntu based on Debian), even more so. Not that users need to install each new version appears. But most of us has always been that the software tended to become increasingly So, everyone can not help but from the publishers website to download a the latest and greatest version of the ISO image file to burn to the disc, restart the computer, answer a few questions and then let the install its own rapid completion. At the same time, numerous additional packages downloaded in the background (to save space, to make room from the CD to go). A modern Linux distribution to install successfully able to complete practical system (applications, drivers, and tools you may need readily available) so easy. Or, more precisely, is so easy in the past. LinuxMint6 ("Felicia") to install and use up feel ing great. But subsequent versions of the complex problem of people getting. Some version of the flute can not recognize the printer, sound card or wireless network, are they the user to take a tedious


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workaround. Recently, the graphics driver has become another source of users complain. Power-saving features on a laptop with good, but on another laptop, that is, regardless of use. Proved, there are several versions of the highly uncertain and might as well delete them, go back to continue to use older, more stable version comes easy. The latest version: LinuxMint12 ("Lisa") is by far the most disappointing version. Last weekend, our reporter to consume a lot of time in trying to get the latest version running on a machine always stable performance. LinuxMint not only often-criticized. Ubuntu has always been plagued by worse. It now appears that this software standards increasingly backward as if in the beginning to prevent the desktop-oriented Linux distribution. Ubuntu existence of the problem seems to be typical. At least to a certain extent, these problems are rooted in developer trying to get the desktop version is more attractive to non-technical users. As with the approach taken by Apple for the Mac OSX operating system, and also the Ubuntu desktop design has taken a "we know best" the (weknowbest) practice more and change the look and feel of the interface for the user and less freedom. In the most recent version, Ubuntu users or user interface design to simple Gnome3 version, or similar to the iPad proprietary interface, called the Unity. Both long-Ubuntu users crazy. Linux creator Linus Torvalds (of Linus Torvalds) in naming Gnome3 "is simply a mess, it mercilessly criticized a lot. At the same time, the LinuxMint12 the default interface of Gnome3 or customized version of the Gnome2 (called MATE). Both did not get the acclaim. For beginners, Ubuntu and the LinuxMint also have to use the prestigious KDE interface. Many people believe that the KDE interface is not intuitive, but the requirements of the individual changes and adjust up is much easier. Having said that, with the latest KDE release to prove as a Gnome version to install exactly the same annoying. The reporter attributed to the rapid upgrade cycle: thus too many features is not perfect, too many drivers and utilities are unreliable, and too much unchecked return to the kernel (change caused by software defects). All those Linux developers now seem to want to add cool new features, but does not solve the existing software defects, software easier to use. Years, Linux has become an ugly huge system, built on thousands of computer code package based on their rigidly pieced together. By contrast, Apple and Google have implemented a strict quality assurance of their own for the Tablet PC and mobile phone similar to Unix and Linux operating systems. Both rely on a tightly integrated core 100 package, these core package in return and inconsistency has been a serious review. Operating system than Linux, iOS, and Andrews, two extremely simple, and reliable. Because the quality of the underlying software has been a strong guarantee, no wonder the majority of developers to develop for both platforms thousands of excellent applications. At the same time, said Linux demise of the statement exaggerated. Naturally, Linux enthusiasts continue to believe that this free operating system has a bright future - accounted for 1 percent of special mention Linux installation share (In contrast, the Mac accounted for 7%, Windows accounted for 92%). But it is worth mentioning that Linux ten years ago, occupies about 2.5% of


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the installation share. While the Linux server version of the increasingly accepted by the people, the desktop version, it seems not everyone to be see. Want to success on the desktop side, Linux, must penetrate into the office. Unfortunately, there is no positive contest Which Linux distribution with Windows7. Appeared in the world but fragmented market: hundreds of different Linux versions, each version has its own learning curve, and the mix of skills and maintenance requirements. Even five releases (LinuxMint, Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, and Debian) can not be sufficiently broad user base to attract enough support. Resourse: computer hardware store www.suntekstore.com

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