03/07/2018 (Wed) 23:34:28
I have never used GNOME, which seems to me to be a smart move on my part, but I have heard that it's bad and getting worse. I don't hear the same sorts of complaints with the other popular desktop environments like KDE and XFCE.>Otherwise, I simply do not understand what people are looking for from a DE/GUI these days.
It makes transitioning from Windows and MacOS easier. I'd reckon most people who grew up with either have only seen the command line in heart-stopping moments, if at all. People also have different needs and varying levels of interest in personalization. Someone who wants something that just werks would likely pick KDE. Someone who wants their DE to provide nothing but the bare essentials and is willing to customize their experience might choose LXDE/LXQt.
What I'm saying is that people like yourself who have used Linux for a very long time should understand that Linux is overwhelming in many ways. These people say, "Just install Ubuntu," but then, those people get stuck with systemd, GNOME 3, and even may get their computer bricked because of a botched update. These people say the command line is not hard, but don't take into consideration that people only have a limited amount of time to work with; if they work 40 hours a week, the last thing they want is to give themselves headaches trying to learn something they shouldn't have to and didn't need to learn. These people who just call these migrants retards rather than seeing where they're coming from are the people who keep Linux from being widely adopted on the desktop---because their attitude is a brusque "Use it or move it."
It doesn't seem like it would be hard to create a distribution that teaches the user how to be free painlessly---it's just some current users have this self-righteous attitude that keeps them from acknowledging these complaints as flaws.