Originally Posted by xfire
Actually synaptic has a lot of stuff.
and Alien can convert stuff from one type to another and dependencies are automatically selected.
I have never run into trouble due to lack of dependencies in ubuntu but thats just me.Dunno about others. The thing is linux is advancing pretty fast.
Yeah, but using Alien is still an extra step for the average user, which as we all know, is generally very computer illiterate.
You're not thinking of this properly. You're thinking of it from your perspective, not somebody's grandmother's perspective. In Windows, they're surfin the net, they find a nifty little program they want, lets say "Ultimate Recipe Organizer and Knitting Guide", they download it, double click on it (or even have it auto-run), and it installs. They are now ready to use their app. They don't have to open another program (like synaptic) to find and install their program, they never even have to leave IE to do it.
When *nix accomplishes this, they will gain much more market share.
But I do agree they have come a long way.