The arguments are posted, and there is little left to say. This is the closing summary of my article series about Linux Software Installation. You can find an overview of all articles at this page.
The bottom line is: installing software on Linux is a horror at the moment. This horror leads to some absurd, some strange and also some very mean situations. The main point for me in this regard is:
Linux is hostile to small applications and niche software.
There are tools and solutions available to make it easier. However none of them can really integrate with the underlying operating system. The best solution to overcome this situation would be the native package manager API – together with strict rules and quality conditions. But although the LSB says this will take some time I haven’t seen any progress or even any positive words about this in recent time.
The next step therefore is: to ask the people responsible for that situation. The distributors. They are in charge for the topic software installation, and as long as they don’t move – as long as they don’t want to move – nothing will change.
So, if you know some of the people: ask them. Also, ask them what they think about the arguments. As I already said: many of the opponents of such solutions don’t have a closer look at the current situation. And they tend to not see the real disadvantages: when you ever start a discussion about that topic, keep clear that you are not (even) talking about propriatary software. Not at all.
In the meantime, I’m not sure what I’m going to do with my friends. I simply cannot recommend Linux for their computers. It will not work out. They will feel restricted and limited, and that’s the last thing I want. Maybe the next who asks me will get a “Mac OS” as answer, since you can easily install software – and at least the core and some of the other important bits of the system are free.