Applogies before hand this is quite long.
Hello, this is my first post on the forums. I have actively read LXF for a good few years now and uncannily like Big Johns post bellow I was already to stop buying the mag.
Why? because I came to realise that through the hype of linux on the desktop, it has never came to realisation and the LXF mag had seemingly lost sight of this. Again uncannilly enough I open the recent magazine and what do I see the very same sentiment poured out by the LXF team..
you.. [insert expletive] ( you realy do care
I was all ready to give up on linux (for a while anyway) - thinking that linux needs more time and that the magazine has lost touch with the ordinary user, even though most of my friends consider me a computer geek, in the world of Linux I will never be.
Linux on the desktop is missing the boat, OSx will be available for x86 and will be gunning for Microsoft's share of the OS market. If only the forks and branches of the linux world (which is of course its advantage in many ways) united to produce the killer desktop OS. Yes the OS your granny could use and navigate easily, that you could maintain for them without having to learn more CLI linux, arcane methods of configuration to get it operational. Yes there will always be those privelleged, enthusiastic and tallented users who will use the CLI constantly to achieve their aims and more power to them, but for us mere mortals, who gave up the CLI at Dos6.2, who eagerly in their youth edited the Autoexec.bat and config.sys of just to free up more base memory to get Duke Nukem to work, or get the CDROM working, the world has moved on. Like it or not GUI for the ordinary user is and should be the only way forward. If I need to remember any more commands and editing I am afraid my familly will be doing without Birthday cards /presents / weekly shopping etc...
I think I shall start my own distro JBL linux (joe bloggs obv.) Really once linux gets there, and it shouldnt be that far off (although as the article in LXF magazine stated its seems to be pulling in the oppsoite direction just now) : once the joe bloggs user base is installed, the vendors will fall over themselves to provide drivers and support for their products in linux, and the future prosperity of linux (not just finacially) is inextricably linked not just to to the hardcore users, developers and coders but also with the joe bloggs users and the hardware vendors.
Whew.. sorry but I feel better now for that...
My suggestion, an on going newbie article ( or preferably a suppliment like linux pro that used to accompany the mag) in which the writter picks a standard newb friendly disto on a typical machine, installing, configuring and more importantly getting some of the interesting software on the DVD every month installed and working on the machine, and relating some articles like the latest security article, video editing etc.. to the newb setup.
go on LXF do your bit to promote and support newbs to Linux ensuring that it is a fun, productive, and fruitfull experience.
All the best