Today's Linux Thoughts
# How do people get any work done without multiple desktops? I use
multiple desktops at home and work now. I cannot imagine doing things
that require multitasking or looking at things from multiple angles
without multiple desktops. If I do go back MS-crap any time soon, I'm
going to track down one of the multiple
desktop programs. I wonder if
Vista supports anything as useful.
# Unix has a philosophy of stopping you from doing things until you
have privileges. MS seems to be the other way round, at least on home
machines. As much as I hate it when security stops me from
doing something stupid, I love it when security stops other people from
doing something stupid. The Unix way produces far fewer support calls.
# Unix requires mounting of drives. This is true most of the time. That
is, the GUI does this for you sometimes now. I can understand why
programmers resisted auto-mounting for so long. They wanted
consistency. I want my frigging flash drive and CD-ROM to show up on
the desktop when I insert them. MS to this day uses drive letters as
mount points. This concept is thirty years out of date. Macs have never
had drive letters because they came into being in 1984. I have run into
problems on support calls where people have used every available drive.
# I have had people who use Linux every day ask me if you can
DVD burner to one of the Linux machines. I answer that I have
of data DVDs at the house. The only throw aways I've had have been my
fault. I can't wait until the next generation of DVD/whatever comes
out. I want some real space to put stuff.
# The only feature I miss from MS Windows is a simple function of the
start menu. If you hold down the shift key, or was it the control key,
you can click on more than one program at a time and they will start
without closing the menu. That is pretty much it.
The thing is, if I were a good enough programmer, and had the gumption
and drive, I could join the Gnome project and make that feature happen.
Try that with MS. I doubt you get far. I may find out who to send that
wish too, because I really do miss that one single feature.