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Why windows still leads and not linux

To be fair any *nix distribution is much better than any windows install, that said why does windows occupy such a huge place in everyone’ heart. For a few days back you would have noticed many fb updates with Karmic tags in it. Well i have been tinkering with linux for about a month. I had it earlier but with my isp not providing support i could not do much with it. Albeit while doing some random looking around i found an article for linux connectivity and that was the start.

So back to the topic. Why hasn’t Linux (here i mean the Ubuntu Linux, not that its the only distro but the one am using) scored over Windows

  • Device Manager
  • – Am a linux newbie i must say but i think i know a little bit to tinker around. While doing it managed to remove my network manager program and then few wierd half learnt commands later i had no network, my eth1 card was not being recognised at all. i had no clue what was wrong. Now If i was in Windows i would just about go to device manager, remove the device and reload it. Drivers back. I do not see the same in ubuntu, i know there is a way to get it and that means a lot a sudo driven changes. Mind you the average user might find windows device manager threatening, so you do not even bother asking him to do sudo commands on nix

  • Usability
  • – Seems Ubuntu usage is simple i love how apt simply gets what you need like i do not have to visit 10 sites to get the correct installer. fire up apt and ask for your program, the only problem is do not get anything wrong. Do that and it seems ur up against a huge wall of commands and tweaks

  • Out of the box
  • – For some reason there are many quirks in the ubuntu distro
    My network dns address gets overwritten by the network manager program. So everytime i boot up i need to put it. the same bug that was present in jaunty for NM not saving gateway info is still present. How the hell did it pass quality with these 2 big quirks i do not get it.

    See a computer must work out of the box
    1 – Simple configuration – most people want a pc so as to surf, chat etc etc and some social networking and shit like that it Should work.
    2 – Mistakes happen so give a way to rectify them aka device manager

    Configuring 24Online Client on Linux

    Its really great to have a Linux client, more from a learning initiative as showing off to the buddies on how geek are you since there are too many Linux geeks out there. Anyways i had huge trouble in configuring the client. The main reason being am on a dual boot and i have just one computer so if i need to Google i have to reboot to windows and get the information i require.

    Well in Ubuntu 9.04 the network connections link is broken, if you get online you might get an update but till then you cannot use the network connections at all

    You need to get your hands dirty by opening the interfaces file in the /etc/ directory.

    Here are the steps i had to do, well they are spread over a few days due to lack of time and everything else including laziness.

    • from your windows side download the linux client from the server, this is the easier part.
    • Setup your ip by getting to /etc/interfaces file.

    gksudo gedit /etc/network/interfaces

    auto eth0:1
    iface eth0:1 inet static
    address 192.168.1.60
    netmask 255.255.255.0
    network x.x.x.x
    broadcast x.x.x.x
    gateway x.x.x.x

    Reason for gksudo is that it is a better known practice to using sudo to open graphical editors

    • Now Restart your networking service by running sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
    • Now setup the DNS, note in the windows ip address entering place the dns is at the same place not in ubuntu though

       

      sudo vi /etc/resolv.conf

       

    • now copy the installer tar to the home directory and run $ tar -zxvf CyberoamLinuxClient.tar.gz
    • Then post getting inside the directory by running cd crclient <enter>; run ./crclient –s
    • then ./crclient –u

    • You are there 🙂

    Usable

    What is it that makes some really good things, idea’s, logics etc fail when the actually have so much hope and so many features.

    Am not sure but my thinking is it fails mostly due to its usability. Many things are very complex and therefore not usable. May be i might have got the connecting wrong but it is usability is the main reason for some things to fail. You just cant use it. Reasons are a lot. But one connection i think works simple things are highly usable.