One year ago a brave soul (also known as the great Lunduke) proposed ways to improve the Linux Desktop:
Well, 12 months have passed and Linux on the desktop still sucks. Lunduke’s proposal in this video was that Linux desktop users should pay for software, donate 100$ per month for GIMP… madness. Yes, this would most likely make desktop Linux better, but it won’t be the same Linux we all love so much anymore.
He is forgetting what the motivation for most people is to run Linux. Take any of those “why linux is better” websites, what are the main reasons it is “better”?
Don’t pay $300 for your operating system
Why copy software illegally if you can get it for free?
Play hundreds of games for free
Hundreds of games are released under a free (as in “free beer” and as in “free speech”)
Take the “free” (as in beer) away and Linux crumbles totally. It’s the only thing that truly speaks in its favour as desktop OS. The rest (stability, viruses) are moot points, Windows and Mac are just as stable now. Maybe even more.
Lunduke’s only argument why his proposal might work, is that some Linux users paid for his programs (1 in 50 visitors?). But he doesn’t explain what programs those were. And just why should someone pay 100$ dollars per month for GIMP if he/she can just as well buy the much more powerful Photoshop? Just because Gimp is “libre”?
If you want pay for your software regulary, run Windows and Mac. You will get better software to boot. OK, I’ve forgot, there is still the fanatical FSF sect who cares primarily about the ideological purity. But with the “popularity” of Ubuntu, this sect is getting marginalized even in the Linux world. The cheapskates are the main audience.
Let’s face the truth: There is NO technical superiority of the Linux system anymore compared to Windows and Mac. It was the case in the 90s, Linux was indeed technically a better OS than the Win9x line and classical Mac, but this is the ancient past now. Freetards can now cry “Viruses, Viruses!” as long as they want, but the truth is, it has much to do with market share and the fact that users like to install shady software, as Android is experiencing right now. If you like deathmarches, you can depend solely on repositories of course, but the bad outweighs the good here. The only argument freetards bring forth at this point is usually the ancient “IIS Argument” which has been debunked long ago as well.
And seriously, get rid of the “Linux is secure by design” trademark. That design was even present in NT 4.0 already. Seriously, it’s comical how freetards still to this day are just floored by user account separation.
In short, there are only two realistic reasons to use Linux on the desktop today:
1. You have an axe to grind with MS/Apple
Paying for Linux kinda defeats the most important point. So of course, it’s one year later, and Linux still sucks.