[dev] Re: Linux distros that don't suck too too much

From: Rubén Llorente <porting_AT_use.startmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 09:54:00 +0000 (UTC)

hiro <23hiro_AT_gmail.com> wrote:
> So that's why I want an alternative that is fit
> to be used by anyone.

I doubt you can make a suckless anything that fits that criteria.

Modern user expectations often require the use of code or technologies
that are just a conceptual mess. Web applications are a great example.
In order to fullfill user expectations, you need to instal a piece of
software that executes every single piece of client-side script it runs
into and then prays for it not to be malware. It also has to deal with
ill-formated pages, which requires some sort of quirk mode on the
parser, which is sucky because it could be rendering anything but what
the web developer intended. Users expect one of these to work, and an
alternative that is not js-happy - for example, requires a confirmation
before executing each script - or does not tolerate malformed pages
therefore does not fit your criteria.

Many people has been trained to expect crappy behaviours from their
software in many fields, and thus any software which is to be used by
anyone in that field must behave in the crappy way the user is
expecting. Some of these fields are expected to be of interest for most
users, like web browsing.

Therefore I submit the theory that software that does not suck but is
usable by everybody is not possible in certain fields, and since at
least some of those fields must be covered by any user-friendly
distribution, then such a distribution must include these bad tools. If
it didn't, it would not be computer-illiterate-friendly.

Which means that a distribution that tries to fit every shoe cannot
possibly be suckless by any means.

I stopped caring too much about user-friendlyness long ago, because
no matter what you do, lambs will always find a way to make a mess out
of the easy to use software. The only way a computer-illiterate is going
to be able to use a computer properly is by educating herself or by
hiring somebody to do the administration.

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