I'm very frustrated by the comments at LinuxToday's link to one of my posts. The problem is that it takes hours for comments to appear, and I'm not even sure that all of my replies have been posted at all. Therefore I'm going to dupe my response here:
A comment from Tony OBryan:
Here's a breakdown of the article:
1) I'm a Linux expert.
2) I chose a server system for my desktop article.
3) The server system doesn't behave well as a desktop.
4) The Linux desktop therefore sucks.
Do you now see why your reception was so cold?
I'm not a Linux expert. You could check my website and find that I very specifically say that I am NOT an expert. I'm a competent person with 27 years of Unixy experience. That's all. I invite you to visit my site and type "expert" into the search box. I think you'll be surprised by what it turns up.
It wasn't a "desktop" article. I set out to review some Linux clipboard utilities and got distracted by the difficulties. Y'all here brought up the desktop issue because you didn't see that I was simply using this as an example of the type of frustration people run into. My fault - as I said, I set out with a different goal and got distracted.
However, a Ubuntu desktop system also presented frustration as noted in a follow-up article.
I didn't say that the Linux desktop sucks. I said that a new user could be frustrated by Linux in general. That, in my opinion, makes it difficult for Linux to penetrate the Desktop market.
Finally, I don't mean to complain about my "reception". Some of the people here have been very friendly. Others have not. I have complained that this article was put at LT at all - I really don't want drive-by visitors such as come from such exposure. For me, my site is an on-going conversation - has been for the past 11 years.
When you drop in to the middle of a conversation and hear a few words, it's understandable that you don't have the context of everything that has gone before and you probably won't see the discussion and correction that comes after, either. So you react based on what little you know. That might upset me, but I can hardly fault you for that.
I can complain that people make assumptions about my motives, but again, given the limited information you can gain in a fly by visit, what else can you do but assume?
The long, long delay for moderation approval here makes carrying on this sort of conversation very difficult here. I know I may have repeated myself in previous responses, but I don't see them here..
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