[maemo-users] BECOMEROOT

From: Mark Haury wolfmane at gmail.com
Date: Wed Apr 16 06:36:44 EEST 2008
sebastian maemo wrote:
> That's fucking nonsense.
> There's a chaos in deb packages maintaining and distribution... It's 
> obviously Nokia's fault... Or maybe it's my fault because I've bought 
> a Nokia 770 without getting first a master degree in computer 
> science... (is that what Marius means in his PD??).
> I think that I'll be able to get my 770 booting again from MMC, but 
> this kind of things should never happen. At least to a simple end user...
Right on all counts except one: it's not Nokia's fault. It's Linux in 
general. It is absolutely absurd that there are thousands of "flavors" 
of Linux out there, and none of them are compatible with each other. 
Anything you learn in one Linux distribution is nearly useless in 
another, because they've rearranged the file system, or used a slightly 
different name for something, or didn't see fit to include some critical 
driver or other dependency in the kernal or installation. Even when they 
are "based" on a common major distribution, the differences end up being 
critical. And don't get me started on the different methods of package 
management or the difficulty of compiling & installing anything that 
didn't come with the distribution. The word you used was exactly 
appropriate: "chaos".

The day that Linux distributions stop fighting each other and start 
working together, Linux will immediately take over the world. Until 
then, Linux will never be a serious threat to the closed OS's. No matter 
how user-friendly they make the install process or the basic included 
software, the extreme difficulty of adding functionality is just way too 
far beyond even the moderately savvy computer user's ability.

I've even programmed on Unix/Linux systems (and made top marks in every 
one of those courses), and I *still* can't get the simplest program 
compiled and installed.

That said, at least Nokia went with one of the more common distributions 
on which to base its system: debian. It could have been a whole lot 
worse. And the differences from full debian systems were necessary 
because of space, power and other constraints related to cramming what 
is fundamentally a whole computer into a tiny handheld unit.

But I'm right there with you on the frustration level...


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