Just a little something I whipped up in the last few minutes, figured I'd share with you guys.
What is wrong with Modern Operating Systems?
- Decentralized software management: I prefer to be able to update all programs (or at least the majority of programs, Microsoft or else) from a central location without having to use a buggy third-party application
- Also tends to create a bubble for viruses to slip through, as well as generally buggy third-party programs though I understand Microsoft is to come out with an app store in the future.
- Creates an opening for “rogue” anti-viruses; in the lack of a centralized software database, users are tricked into installing and possibly buying useless programs, such as “Windows Antivirus 2011” which create false alarms and are hard to remove.
- Excessive use of the system tray: Programs in Windows take up spots in the system tray, which mind you is an area for system notifications, which do not need to be there, especially with the introduction of the superbar. Also annoying in this area is that ridiculous pop-up I keep getting telling me that Windows will update normally as if it were a life-ending error.
- Tendency to flood the root directory (usually C with useless and cryptic files and folders
- Lack of interface consistency across third-party programs: case in point – iTunes and RealPlayer
- Inane limitation of system functionality in an arbitrary scheme of versioning: take a hint from Apple.
- X.org - If you know what this is, you probably know what’s wrong with it. X.org is the graphics server most commonly used on Linux. That is to say X.org is the program responsible for drawing windows and transmitting them to the display.
- Can fail to start due to the most minor of configuration errors
- Often has weird glitches when returning from sleep mode
- Protocol was written in the 20th century
- Requires proprietary video drivers to do anything useful
- Lack of user-oriented stable distributions – anyone who’s used Debian Stable or CentOS knows that not only is Ubuntu not “stable,” stable distributions aren’t for use by normal people.
- Lack of graphical consistency between GTK+ and QT frameworks
- Diversity – also a plus, but can be very, very confusing for new users.
- All fallbacks are command prompt only – you screw something up, you better know what to type to get yourself back out of it.
Mac OS X
- It’s tied down to the Macintosh (legally, at least)
- It’s tied down to Apple’s grey iTunes-esque theme
- It’s tied down to Apple – the same company that brought you the iTunes app store *shudders*
- Dragging icons to the trash does not always remove the actual program, and only third-party, often proprietary and software non-libre uninstallers are available
- Apple still hasn’t fixed the cut function in the Finder.