5. Too Many Distros
"WHAT THE HELL LINUX, THERE ARE NO GOOD UI'S"This is the bit where Tim shows that he isn't really a Linux user and probably never really has been. The other clue is that during his point about the number of distributions he mentions that he can name a dozen distros but his own personal favourite is "Red Hat".
"Red Hat Linux" isn't really the sort of distribution most people would run from home especially when there are free alternatives such as Fedora or CentOS.
So back to the point. Apparently there aren't any good user interfaces within Linux and it is ugly. The one that Tim has always used is "XWindows".
Now I am going to give Tim the benefit of the doubt and hope that by saying "XWindows" he maybe meant "XFCE" but it is likely he really did mean XWindows which is the graphical server that most window managers and then desktop environments are built on top of.
To answer the point however. There are no good user interfaces in Linux? If you are looking for beauty then take a look at these:
This all goes back to the choice argument. There are so many different desktop environments to choose from that you are bound to find one which you think works for you better than anything else.
The ridiculous thing about this argument is that Windows 8 can never go down as having a better GUI than either Unity, GNOME, KDE, Pantheon, Cinnamon, XFCE, MATE, Enlightenment or even LXDE,
If we are talking about usability then what about the mess that is Microsoft Office. Those ribbon bars are truly horrific.
There seems to be this impression that Microsoft does software well. Has anybody tried using Reporting Services to get a consistent report to Excel? The columns generally end up all over the place. Visual Studio 13 seems to be crashing a lot more now than it used to as well.
1. Ease Of UseI can't believe ease of use is the number 1 reason not to use Linux.
I bet if I gave my eldest child who is 13 a Windows DVD and a Linux DVD and asked him to install one on one computer and one on the other he would find it easier to install Linux.
My wife who is not particularly computer literate quite often borrows one of my laptops running Linux and she can navigate her way around without any hassle.
How can anyone level ease of use being a problem for Linux when you now have to compare it against Windows 8 and above?
Is Unity and GNOME any harder than using the tiled Windows 8 interface? Is Cinnamon any harder to use than the Windows 7 interface?
What about software? Is Evolution any more difficult than Microsoft Outlook and can anybody honestly say that it is harder to use LibreOffice than it is Microsoft Office with the dreaded ribbons?
I mentioned earlier that it was easier to set up my printer using Linux than Windows. Using Mint, Bodhi and Ubuntu I simply had to click "Add Printer" and it found my printer and installed the driver. Within Mageia I had to download and install the driver. When I used Windows I had to insert a CD, install the driver and software and then download an update, finally followed by the obligatory reboot.
Summary2000+ people have already watched Tim's video and that is potentially 2000 people that might not use Linux based on invalid arguments.
Hopefully a few more people will read this article and therefore redress the balance somewhat.
Before I go I wanted to mention that Tim has produced his own counter argument called "5 Reasons To Use Linux". The points in that video state that Linux is multikernel, is open source, has support for many different hardware devices such as the Raspberry PI, has lots of distros (which kind of counters against point 5 in the reasons not to use Linux) and finally it is free.
If you have read this article and you are looking for a distribution why not read this guide which highlights the "5 easiest to use modern distros". It is a year old and I plan to update it but might still be good for an indication.
Thanks for reading.