Originally Posted by m@T
why? what distro are you using?
I honestly don't remember. Whenever there's a new release, I think, "I should check it out since I don't remember why I disliked it so much." Then when I try it, I remember. I do give it an honest try, and am quite lenient with it. I'll probably remember in 2 weeks when I have to install it for someone. He wants me to setup a server and we were going to do it a couple of days ago, but the hard drive died. I'm one of those guys who found out what I liked by distro hopping and reading about the backend of Linux. So I pick one of the Big 5 (Debian, Gentoo, Slackware, Archlinux, LFS) where you're just given the minimum --- the Linux kernel, GNU and a toolchain. From there I build up what I need. I really like my setup a lot. 6 different teletypes and 2 X sessions running. The reason I have two is because most people can't use my desktop. I have a mouseless tiling window manager, which aims to increase productivity and maximizes screen use. The second one follows WIMP computing
. So for someone like me, the GUI offered by Mac OS X and Windows is considered outdated, which is why I said:
Originally Posted by A Y
The level of refinement of the GUI in OS X is far, far beyond anything Linux has to offer. For that matter, the Windows GUI is leagues ahead of Linux as well.
Depends on what you're looking for.
The only reason I'm in the terminal is because I find it very redundant to have a file manager. I have a very strict filesystem hierarchy and naming convention. Having a file system to graphically view files/folders and perform tasks such as copying, renaming and moving is just weird when GNU does that excellently with rm, cp and mv. Navigation is also much faster outside of the graphical interface when you learn about popd, pushd and relative paths using ~ and ~-. If you get someone who knows Linux very well to setup your system for you, you shouldn't have to touch the Terminal. That's what I did for my roommate. He bugged me a year to setup Linux on his laptop. I finally got around to it. He doesn't even know what a terminal is, and he wants Linux on every computer he sees. My ex-roommate also decided to take the plunge on his Macbook Pro when he saw both of us with Linux. Except he wanted to be a terminal jockey, like me. Since he didn't know quite as much, he split his time between a virtual terminal and the graphical interface. My brother also wanted to be a terminal jockey. Unlike my ex-roommate though, he completely ditched X11 and was working in the teletype every time. Linux's robustness really shines in the Big 5 when you get to tailor it to your specific needs. It's like the bespoke suit of operating systems. ---Edit
--- Oh sorry, didn't actually answer your question. My distro of choice is Arch Linux.