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    How To Make Ubuntu Work Like Windows 10 linux kevq.uk
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    what ruined linux at large is the attempt to be like windows/mac for the sake of people who can’t be bothered to try different ways to do things.

    this is the reason why we have the alsa madness fixed by putting another layer on top, a rube-goldberg like init system to “boOt FaSTeR!!1”, two major desktop systems which either try to be a windows clone or to look like mobile apps, and everything connected to each other via the desktop bus. the only thing missing is the nullsoft installer!

    hot take: it would be easier to get people to use linux if it wouldn’t be a fscking bad windows clone, as they could see actual new, maybe better ways of doing things. the way it is now, it’s just a windows which does unexpected things which are nearly un-debugable.

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      I’m not convinced by this argument, to be honest. The Linux desktop environment was (and arguably still is) heavily fragmented. What would have been the “standard” on which to show Linux’s advantages? FVWM? Ratpoison? Enlightenment?[1]

      A standard would be needed to avoid the inevitable branching-path problem of helping someone new to the platform. Heck, how do you even find out what they were running, short of having a screen-share (and how would the user start one of those?)

      For better or for worse, emulating a familiar desktop environment helps with discoverability and eases adoption.

      [1] I’m showing my age by only remembering these, aren’t I?

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        What would have been the “standard” on which to show Linux’s advantages?

        nothing, not having a “standard” is the beauty of it.

        A standard would be needed to avoid the inevitable branching-path problem of helping someone new to the platform. Heck, how do you even find out what they were running, short of having a screen-share (and how would the user start one of those?)

        the problem is that “modern” linux is so complex that they’ll hardly can learn anything else than clicking buttons and maybe copy-pasting cargo culted shell commands into terminal windows on their own.

        For better or for worse, emulating a familiar desktop environment helps with discoverability and eases adoption.

        what does adoption help if the people are as helpless with a windows then? it’s not like i would know how to fix broken things in gnome or kde without nuking my userdir to get rid of the respective configs. growth rate isn’t always the best metric.

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      I find that it’s the keyboard shortcuts that most make or break an emulation of another system. A few years ago I got so fed up trying to switch workspaces with s-n that I switched to JWM and copied all the Windows shortcuts across. For some reason, most of the standalone window managers don’t seem to like having an action bound to the super key on its own.

      (Just a quick heads up - I enjoyed the article but there were a few grammatical errors. The use of “was” instead of “were” and “it’s” instead of “its”. Nothing major though)

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        I’m from the north of England, so “there was a number of distros…” sounds correct to me. You’re right, grammatically it is incorrect, but “there were a number of distros…” just sounds wrong to me. 😊

        Thanks for the heads up on “it’s” looks like it slipped through the net during the proof read. Fixed now.

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          The grammar of “there was a number of” actually seems to be a subtle issue:

          https://www.quora.com/Is-it-correct-to-say-there-was-a-number-of-or-there-were-a-number-of

          Instinctively, I’d say “there was a number of” is correct because “a number” is singular (the linked answer writes at length about it). However, it’s debatable.

          When I write blog posts, I sometimes agonise over things like this for hours just to go down an ever more confusing rabbit hole of linguistics and etymology. Often, I arrive at disputes that let me conclude that both variants are valid. My advice is to just pick one and stick with it. Consistency is more important than finding the “correct” answer.

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            It’s correctness isn’t debatable, only preferences. Which stands correct when simplified?

            “There was a number.” or “There were a number.” Addition “of distros” doesn’t change conjugation.

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              Consistency is probably the best solution here. Initially it sounded off to me, but it’s something I would say myself, and by that point I wasn’t at all sure anymore but thought I’d flag it anyway.

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            Wow, what would you say if you read some of my posts. I am not a native English speaker. :(

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              I don’t think their ‘heads up’ comment was meant to be offensive or mean. It’s ok if you make mistakes, sometimes you don’t know you did unless someone points it out.

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                I agree, I have learned a lot from blogging. Some people was mean, some gentle, I have learned anyway from all of them.

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                  Yes, I didn’t mean to sound rude. I tried to phrase it politely, but know that I appreciate those kind of corrections both in English and any other language I might be speaking.

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            Add a cronjob to apt update && apt upgrade -y && reboot

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              I am confused what is meant by ‘The windows 10 workflow’. I never much like windows 10 because of the always online phone home features, and the dumbing down of the settings screens. In terms of workflow aren’t all windows versions the same? Open application -> use application workflow. The only other thing that springs to mind is wsl and powershell and I can’t imagine anyone rejecting linux for those.