As many a Linux user that follows posts on USENET and other online forums can attest there are Linux Haters out there. Typically these Linux Haters are folk that, for some reason or another, decide “I Hate Linux and You Should Too!”. Most of the time they advocate for Microsoft and its’ products, but not always. In any case, these folk tend to promulgate specific myths about Linux. One of these myths is that software is hard to install on Linux.
While installing software on Linux might have been challenging in the early days of Linux this is no longer true. To refute this myth and others I intend to create videos of my desktop while doing these operations purported to be “hard”. Today, my video is about the difficulty of installing software on Linux. I use Mandriva 2008.1 as of now and am using its’ software manager with online software repositories to install AbiWord, a word processor. Since I use the fluxbox window manager that does not run a bunch of cruft in the background to keep menus updated and such I update the menus by running a command line command to do so after the install. If I logged out and logged back in the menus would be updated for me. Supposedly if I ran KDE or Gnome as a desktop I understand the menus would auto-magically update for me (corrections welcomed).
Watch the video and decide for yourself how “hard” it is to install software on Linux. This video is at 1280×1024 resolution, 15,765,584 bytes, 3 minutes and 42 seconds (00:03:42) in OGG Theora Video format. If you do not have an OGG Theora Video player on your favorite operating system then shame on you. Go get one.
Video: OGG Video – Myth, Software Hard to Install (Note: this works best to download the file to your hard drive and then open it with a video player that supports OGG Theora Video format.)
Edit Sun Aug 10 00:54:08 UTC 2008: I decided to have mercy on those with lower bandwidth and created a “Flash” version of this video that is smaller (640×480 resolution, 6,020,416 bytes): Flash Video – Myth, Software Hard to Install (Again, download this and open with a video player.)
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