Linked by David Adams on Mon 24th Aug 2009 09:21 UTC
Linux A reader asks: Why is Linux still not as user friendly as the two other main OSes with all the people developing for Linux? Is it because it is mainly developed by geeks? My initial feeling when reading this question was that it was kind of a throwaway, kind of a slam in disguise as a genuine question. But the more I thought about it, the more intrigued I felt. There truly are a large amount of resources being dedicated to the development of Linux and its operating system halo (DEs, drivers, apps, etc). Some of these resources are from large companies (IBM, Red Hat, Novell). Why isn't Linux more user-friendly? Is this an inherent limitation with open source software?
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by Traumflug on Mon 24th Aug 2009 09:52 UTC
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Sorry, I can't see an inherent limitation. Three things are true:

Linux isn't supervised by non-technical people, so geeks rule.

Open source development is likely slower (more projects, fewer resources), so it takes more time.

Open source has a long tradition to copy existing technologies (OpenOffice, Mono, GNUstep, etc.), so development often stops as soon as it's on par with the other OSs.

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