Quote from iAreNewb on September 5, 2011, 04:02
I am, in fact, quite childish, and I reserve the right to be so. However, if he spent 30 minutes getting a file manager, he was indeed doing something wrong.
Neither DirWin nor Fluff require you to search by their exact names, simply "fm", "file man", or "file manager" should do. Maybe try "file browser"? I'm assuming, since he had TC running in a VM, he could've opened up an internet browser and simply Google'd "tiny core file manager", or used the TC forums and searched. All of this could be done in under 5 minutes. It does not take extraordinary prior knowledge, only some basic and relatively common skills.
Moreover, there are multiple alternative file managers of different origins available as TC extensions as well, and I know for a fact that at least 3 of them are up and working. You assume that just because I personally recommend DirWin and Fluff (which are somewhat obscure), that such alternatives do not exist. Anyone who searches will find DirWin, Fluff, and aforementioned alternatives.
I will admit that Tiny Core is not for average users, and is not a good introduction to Linux, but anybody who has had experience using the Internet should not have complained about actually spending an entire half an hour attempting to get a file manager working. As for calling him "ignorant", this is merely a product of my amazement that any user could take this long to install and use a file manager. Maybe it's a bit of an overreaction, but I won't take it back simply because the argument of "it's not easy/obvious enough" doesn't stand up to close scrutiny in this case. You really are lacking something if you find it so difficult to simply search for and install a specific extension of some kind.
(FYI, a Google search on my part reveals DirWin to be the 3rd search result for "tiny core file manager", though this might be biased due to Google's unwanted "personalized" results)
I still have to add that almost everybody doesn't want to bother downloading a file manager. After all, shouldn't that be a standard in an OS? In usability, say for example, a raspi at a school, a child would find it much harder having to copy over a web browser using terminal commands, instead of a nifty File manager
. Thats why I would vote no for using Tiny Core Linux as a default OS for raspis. Although, you're very right in the fact that TC is not for average users, the thing is that the raspi was designed and engineered for average people, and using TC as the default OS would defeat the purpose.