Saturday, December 5, 2009

Cryptic Linux Distro Updates

We're almost in 2010, I thought by now to anyone who basically knows how to use a computer, general upgrade prompts in Linux Distros would make sense, and won't seem cryptic like "Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail?".

Then you get something like this:

This is a new upgrade message in Debian/Ubuntu.
Here's the full text:

Various snmp software needs extracted MIBs from RFCs and IANA - which cannot be shipped - to be working as expected. These MIBs can be automatically fetched and extracted as part of installing this package.

This will take several minutes to complete, even with a fast internet connection.

Download and extract MIBs from RFCs and IANA?

Are all these acronyms really necessary? Should a user even be given such cryptic information, and instead see a prompt along the lines of: "This package requires additional components to fully function, download them?".

Even a power user who is familiar with a term like RFC, does this message even make any sense?

Seems like Linux Distros still has a long way to go.


insane coder said...

Oh this gets even better.

After selecting yes, I now see:
Downloading RFCs and IANA documents and extracting MIB files.
This will take some minutes.

In case this process fails, it can always be repeated later by executing
cd /usr/share/mibs
make -f Makefile.mib

And it is actually downloading RFC documents and extracting information from them, instead of just downloading the information it needed hosted somewhere.

This has to be one of the most retarded things I've seen in the couple of years that I've used Debian.

Nicolau said...

Users who don't know or care what that all means should just follow the default setting and be happy.

insane coder said...

Perhaps. But then it should end off with saying: "If you don't understand this, select the default option".

Unknown said...

The message should begin with "The default option is likely acceptable for most uses. Further explanation follows."

I think there's a certain expectation that if you're using the command line instead of synaptic/adept or Update Manager, you're more likely to understand what the acronyms mean. If this message is shown to those, then it most certainly needs to be less cryptic. Head over to Launchpad and suggest it!

DeFender1031 said...

Hey, I just realized i'm out of bread and milk. Let's go buy out a supermarket owner, then throw out everything that's not a single loaf of bread and a half gallon of milk!

L3thal said...

thats Debian , which is chosen by ubuntu ( the most retarded distro ever ) , what did you expect ? :)

try archlinux

yashar HaKodesh said...

Programmers should not be allowed to write messages that the user will see. Ever. Not even "click OK" - because they will still screw it up. You need to have a UI specialist create the entire UI and have the programmers stick to it. Trying to teach programmers to make usable programs is a losing battle.

Monika said...

Thanks for provide great informatic and looking beautiful blog, really nice required information & the things i never imagined and i would request, wright more blog and blog post like that for us. Thanks you once agian

Birth certificate in delhi
Birth certificate in ghaziabad
Birth certificate in gurgaon
Birth certificate in noida
How to get birth certificate in ghaziabad
how to get birth certificate in delhi
birth certificate agent in delhi
how to download birth certificate
birth certificate in greater noida
birth certificate agent in delhi
Birth certificate delhi

MBBS in Philippines said...

UV GULLAS COLLEGE OF MEDICINE is one of Top Medical College in Philippines in Cebu city. International students have the oppertunity to study medicine in phillipines at affordable cost and world class University. The college has successful alumni who have achieved well in the fields of law, business, politics, academe, medicine, sports and other endeavors. At University of the Visayas, we prepare students for a global competition.

Direct MBBS Admissions Open: 2020-21
Mobile No: +91 90329 55688
Apply Now:

MBBS in Philippines said...

Wisdom Overseasis authorized India's Exclusive Partner of Southwestern University PHINMA, the Philippines established its strong trust in the minds of all the Indian medical aspirants and their parents. Under the excellent leadership of the founder Director Mr. Thummala Ravikanth, Wisdom meritoriously won the hearts of thousands of future doctors and was praised as the “Top Medical Career Growth Specialists" among Overseas Medical Education Consultants in India.

Southwestern University PHINMAglobally recognized university in Cebu City, the Philippines facilitating educational service from 1946. With the sole aim of serving the world by providing an accessible, affordable, and high-quality education to all the local and foreign students. SWU PHINMA is undergoing continuous changes and shaping itself as the best leader with major improvements in academics, technology, and infrastructure also in improving the quality of student life.