Here’s a very simple question. What can you infer from the image shown below?
Once in a while, a prominent or not so prominent member of the Linux community makes a switch – for one reason or the other – to another operating system, usually to Mac OS X. The latest is Denis Koryavov, the former GUI Development lead for ROSA Laboratory, a Linux software solutions provider based in Russia and the publisher of ROSA Linux.
About two months ago, he quit to join another outfit that provides software solutions for the Windows platform, where his new work computer is a “MacBook Pro 15 (retina) with MacOS X 10.8 on the board.”
In a blog post, he wrote that:
To be honest, I’m happy with this. Everything just works. Unfortunately and I can say this freely now: if we will speak about usability (and not ideology) GNU/Linux distros are still not rivals for the MacOS X and Microsoft Windows on desktops and laptops.
More than 20 years of development and any free distro can’t be the rival of the proprietary operating systems? Unfortunately not. Even Ubuntu and ROSA. Why?
So not even Ubuntu and ROSA Desktop can rival the proprietary operating systems. Here’s a question for Denis: If ROSA cannot rival Mac OS X and Windows, what did you, as the GUI design lead for almost three years, do to bring ROSA Desktop to the level where it also just works?
It’s easy to jump from one fish bowl to another and badmouth your former tank, but considering that Denis was in a decision-making position at ROSA Labs, why was ROSA Desktop not able to rival those proprietary operating systems while he was in charge? By Linux desktop standards, ROSA Desktop is a good distribution, but when it comes to features that impact its ability to just work, it falls shy of expectations.
Interestingly, some of those features, which ROSA Desktop inherited from Mandriva, have either been removed or disabled by default. All while Denis was part of the decision-making process. He did promise to tell us, in future blog posts, why Linux desktops are not as good as Mac OS X and Windows, so stay tuned.
By the way, the lone image in this article is the same one that Denis used in his blog post.