Barbara Hudson, a blogger on Slashdot who goes by "Tom" on the site
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"The Linux world is extremely fragmented, and getting worse," Hudson
explained. "One consequence is that everyone ends up distro-hopping.
This reduced loyalty means that every distro is one bad update away
from losing its user base."
Linux has been Hudson's primary desktop "since before the turn of
the century, and I've done my share of distro-hopping, and yet today
I find myself in the process of removing Linux permanently," she
'The Final Straw'
"For me, the final straw was an update that left my laptop unable to
boot linux, followed by a fresh install (except for my /home
partition) that ate a decade's worth of email and over a dozen
accounts in a failed 'migration,'" Hudson explained.
"Fortunately, I have full backups," she added. "Not so fortunately,
none of the problems of previous releases are fixed. My wifi once
again doesn't work. Neither does my 'linux-supported' printer.
"Removing the desktop indexing programs (known resource hogs) also
removed Gnome, which I would tend to classify as a feature, not a
bug, but I can see how others might have a different opinion,"
Hudson went on. "I still have to reconfigure my video every time I
plug in an external screen, something even Windows 9x was able to
figure out. The scheduler bug that causes everything to pause at
random times is now worse."
'So Long, and Thanks for the Fish'
In short, "the sad conclusion is that for the vast majority of
users, Linux will be a promising first date that turns into a bad,
even abusive, long-term relationship," she said. "After 15 years, I
don't want to hear any more excuses or how things will get better in
"If I'm dual-booting in the future, it will be with FreeBSD, not
Linux," Hudson concluded. "So long, and thanks for the fish."
Finally, Slashdot blogger hairyfeet had a similar perspective.
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"Until I can happily hand a new Linux box to a customer Get the FREE
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and KNOW that five years from now or even seven years from now it'll
still be running WITHOUT having to disable updates, or jump through
CLI hoops or chase forum fixes, the disadvantages far outweigh the
advantages," hairyfeet opined.
"I truly wish that weren't so," he added. "With the big XP EOL
coming up, I'm having to scramble for a source for Windows 7 Starter
simply because I can't find a single Linux distro that will run
reliably past update, and that is a shame.
"The idea of a free OS is a wonderful one, but as it is now, it's
really for programmers and hobbyists, not Suzy the checkout girl,"
hairyfeet concluded. "Sorry, community -- just calling it as I see