After being soundly berated for my previous post on this subject, I
decided to try the experiment again with a more Desktopish Linux distro:
Ubuntu 8.10. I installed it in a virtual machine, downloaded 208
updates, and decided to see what luck a neophyte user would have
installing clipboard utilities here.
I'm sorry, I have to bitch immediately: if you search "Help" for
clipboard, up pops that darn little "xclipboard" again. It also
shows up with an "apropos clip". What's the gripe? Other than
that xclipboard doesn't work on Gnome and this isn't Kubuntu? Oh,
I'm going to deliberately play a little dumb here. When I
asked the great Internet Spirit about Linux clipboard utilities
the first response I got was "Check out glipper or klipper I think."
Now, yes, I would expect that Glipper is for Gnome and Klipper
is for KDE. But would Joe Linux Newbie necessarily know that? He
might, but let's say he just tried typing both of them into
a terminal window on this newly installed Ubuntu.
bash: glipper: command not found
The program 'klipper' is currently not installed.
You can install it by typing:
sudo apt-get install klipper
In all fairness, wouldn't that make our boy Joe think klipper
was a viable option? Of course if he does do that apt-get, he's
not going to get anything that will work. Please remember, this is
Ubuntu, not Kubuntu.
Actually - I was wrong and Joe would have got a lucky break. It
turns out that Klipper actually will work on Ubuntu 8.10. Joe wouldn't
get the Help files (apparently those are in KDE) but Klipper is fairly
self explanatory anyway and any confusion could be resolved on-line.
But no, our Joe is smarter than that. He knows he needs glipper.
So he goes to Add/Remove Applications, and asks for glipper - only
to be told that there is no matching application!
I think that's enough to prove the point I made in the other
post. The Linux Guardians at LinuxToday had a good time insulting me
about that, but that's what always happens when you complain
No doubt if LT picks this up, I'll get roundly trashed again. Oh
well.. that doesn't change the reality that Linux is not
ready for Joe Average User.
Now PLEASE: don't bother leaving a comment that Joe just had to
do X, Y or Z. That doesn't matter. We all know that Joe can get
Glipper. The point is that he's likely to be pretty annoyed before
This stuff needs to change. It's as simple as that.
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