I don’t think it has much to do with it being a bug. The problem is that it is very easy to get permissions to do a lot of damage to your operating system. I’m not saying that something wasn’t possible in Windows in the past.
Now people try to install something themselves first. If they can’t figure it out, go to google. A Linux expert is often asked to sudo and do it. These people are considered legitimate. Especially for someone who hears about Linux and thinks I want to get rid of all the data that MS or Apple collect from me. Then buy a Linux laptop or ask someone who knows it to install it for them.
Then you can ask if such a person should use Linux? I think he should be able to use it too. You don’t have to do a training course first to get to grips with the operating system.
Additionally, there are many package managers that will assume you are root if you want to install something. Not very tasty either. You can install some applications in Windows with a regular account. The rest you need a less powerful administrator than root which is fine.
In my opinion, a desktop OS should be set up in such a way that a normal user who doesn’t have much knowledge can do something as root. That the normal operations you perform, which include installing software, are fine.
Even Ubuntu’s snap store stores root data, which you activate by entering your password during installation. (end to end) Then we’re not even talking about the infernal debate about whether or not you should use snapshots.
To adopt Linux, more should be thought of for ordinary users, as well as for the community. People who ask stupid questions treat them normally and they don’t look better. Also, more can be done within the community to explain the simple things you want to do via the GUI and not via the CLI. But I have a feeling that many purists are satisfied with that because in their view it goes against the beauty of Linux.
I support Linux, let me make it clear. But I’ve noticed that some people keep relying a lot on what’s necessary this way and that way because we’ve been doing it since the beginning of Linux. Users should be more careful. But if you also want to sell Linux to a larger group, things have to change. Not every user has the time and skills to learn them as they do now. They just want something that works, but without, say, everything you do gets sent to MS/Apple. So Linux would be a very nice thing, if this group of (potential) users also thought it was more.
When there is a discussion/conversation about this, I always notice resistance as if something was taken away. While I think there are many opportunities for growth out there. The average user should be able to do their thing, but professional users who are very proficient with the CLI should also be able to continue to do their jobs. And everything in between.
[Reactie gewijzigd door Tjidde op 1 augustus 2022 13:15]