Re: while enabling ... the Windows Store
Yes I agree with the first part. but.
Linux is a long way from being user friendly for most members of the species.
No way ready for ordinary users. Even if they had some means to identify and evaluate the best "distro" from the dozens out there.
I happen to have switched one of my boxes to MINT yesterday.
I haven't used Linux for years, and then was never more than a reasonably knowledgeable general user - definitely far from being a Linux Guru.
And I soon remembered why I went back to Windows last time I did that.
Getting the install to work was bad enough.
The page that offered me a list of install options contained one which sounded most suitable, because it seemed to be the one that would let me create partitions, or maybe keep the two I already had. At least that's what it said on the page
But no. That option took me straight to a page that was barely comprehensible to me and would have been gibberish to an ordinary user. Nothing offered what was listed on the previous page., except to resize the existing partitions, but that was actually useless/acaemic, it turned out.There was a list of partitions with funny names that an ordinary user would not have even known were partitions/drives. There was an apparent option to resize and install Linux onto one of these, including the Windows restore partition, which would have been an ideal place to store Linux, but no clue whether it was big enough.. Yet this made no real difference, because pretty much all the options on that page threw an error message to say that it couldn't find something or other. I can't remember what that thing was, some sort of entry point or something, I think. But I do know that since I hadn't, by definition, installed Linux yet, working from a live session - anything missing was missing because they hadn't put it there. But the only option at that point was to click OK and go back. No option to create or find the missing whatever-it was. And no definition as to what it was wanting or why.
No clue, nothing, nada. Dead end.
So I had to go back and do a full wipe and install with a whole HDD single partition. No option presented to create extra partitions or keep the spares ( with or without contents).
So I had to do that.
It was fine then until I found that Pale Moon didn't appear in the list of software offered and I had to get it installed myself, downloaded from the web site. At which point the download file comes with a barely comprehensible set of instructions about how to install it.
But I got that done, with a bit of tinkering. No way an ordinary user would have got there.
Which was nothing compared to the printer driver. Downloading that from the Epson site there was no clue whatever about how to install it. Let alone an auto install routine.
In neither case was there a simple file called "click me" or "install me".
Most of the files I looked at had downright incomprehensible names.
And the instructions themselves read like something in a comic book for 10 year old boys, circa 1970, full of jokey geek names and jargon that would totally alienate any ordinary user, ("tar ball" "sudo") but with no definitions or explanation of what these things are, are for, or how to use them.
By now could they not have found a way to install stuff like that easily? or at least written help files that gave.... help?
Frankly the whole thing was like a geek game for geeks to show how geeky they were to other geeks.