[TUHS] Fwd: [simh] Announcing the Open SIMH project

David Arnold davida at pobox.com
Tue Jun 7 09:28:14 AEST 2022

> On 7 Jun 2022, at 00:53, Henry Bent <henry.r.bent at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, 5 Jun 2022 at 21:41, Dan Cross <crossd at gmail.com <mailto:crossd at gmail.com>> wrote:
> The other day, I needed a Linux machine for work. I grabbed another
> NUC and put Arch on it. A vastly different experience: much more akin
> to installing 7th Edition than Windows or macOS. Oh! And I missed a
> step, so I had to pull some shenanigans to fix that.
> Gentoo is even more arcane, but that's essentially an "I want to do everything myself" distribution.  I suppose my point is that there exist a full range of distributions, from the truly masochistic Linux From Scratch to the most hands-off/static ChromeOS Flex.  I don't believe that any other "OS" has such a wide range of offerings.  This is obviously both a wonderful feature and a confusing nightmare, depending on your audience.

Lest it be thought that all is sweetness and light in Linux-land, there were years of fairly intense competition involved in getting installers to the point that you can start with a downloaded image, burn it to a USB, boot it, run it, and (optionally) make it persist over a reboot, all with very minimal need to understand or care about the many, many things going on under the hood.

More recently, installation has become more-or-less settled technology (and so things like Arch have arisen that specialise away from that experience), and there’s increasing competition around the end-user experience.  Distributions like ChromeOS or https://elementary.io/ or (from the BSD world!) https://hellosystem.github.io/, are attempting to provide a more seamless user experience than the standard GNOME-or-KDE duopoly that has until recently focused on being competitive with decades old Windows/macOS.

Perhaps that’s something OpenSIMH could take from this history: a focus on painless installation and a decent UI!


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