What do you hate about Linux?

In today's open source roundup: A Tecmint writer shares five things he hates about Linux. Plus: Should Linux be split between desktops and servers? And what will happen to Linux when Linus passes away?

Linux has always brought out passionate feelings among its proponents as well as it's opponents. Some people loathe it, while others love it. And then there are those who use it, but apparently hate some things about it. Tecmint has a very...er...unique opinion column by a writer that has some...er...issues with Linux.

According to Tecmint:

This part of Linux, I don’t like to talk very often but sometimes I do really feel some of the aspects related to Linux is real pain. Here are the five points which I come across on a daily basis, almost.

1. Choose from Too Many Good Distros

2. Some of the very important software has no support in Linux

3. Linuxer have a habit of living in virtual world

4. The long hours of compilation and dependency resolution

5. Too much manual work

More at Tecmint

Wow...just...wow. I was going to write a rebuttal to what the article had to say about Linux, but then I realized that sometimes you just have to stand back in awe...in complete awe!...at that kind of a train wreck of an article.

I'll just let you read it and draw your own conclusions. Please do share your thoughts about it in the comments below though.

Should Linux distributions be split between desktops and servers?

InfoWorld has an opinion column that advocates splitting Linux distributions between servers and desktops.

According to InfoWorld:

Maybe it's time Linux is split in two. I suggested this possibility last week when discussing systemd (or that FreeBSD could see higher server adoption), but it's more than systemd coming into play here. It's from the bootloader all the way up. The more we see Linux distributions trying to offer chimera-like operating systems that can be a server or a desktop at a whim, the more we tend to see the dilution of both. You can run stock Debian Jessie on your laptop or on a 64-way server. Does it not make sense to concentrate all efforts on one or the other?

More at InfoWorld

The author of the article is very unhappy with systemd, and that's really the root of his perspective on splitting Linux. But he seems unaware that there have been distributions that are geared toward servers or desktops for a very long time now. It's not difficult to find distributions that are already set up to run servers or that are optimized for desktop use, and systemd hasn't changed that at all.

What would happen to Linux if Linus passed away?

Reddit has a somewhat morbid thread that asks what would happen to Linux if Linus passed away.

According to Reddit:

As dramatic as it sounds I'm simply curious how much Linux kernel would suffer if Linus Torvalds would for example die in car accident or went into a coma or anything of that nature?

As far as I know he's the guy who supervises the kernel git repo, so would Linux Foundation simply take over or what?

Just in case - this question is only theoretical motivated by curiosity, I have no plans of killing Linus Torvalds, kidnapping his dog, cat, hamster, setting up a bomb inside his toilet and I do not work for MS nor do I work for Apple.

More at Reddit

Ouch! Well there's a topic that doesn't come up every day in the Linux community. Let's hope that Linus lives for another hundred years or more.

But Linus has actually answered this question in a YouTube video. So I don't think we have to worry about Linux when Linus finally goes to the Elysian Fields.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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