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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I don't think it's inherent with OSS
by obsidian on Mon 24th Aug 2009 10:24 UTC
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I don't think that user-unfriendliness and open-source software necessarily go hand-in-hand. Firefox and the Geany IDE are two counter-examples that I'd point to.

If anyone wants to see "user-unfriendly", try tweaking the settings in Word or IE - you'll be tearing your hair out in no time.

Having said that, I'd agree that Linux could be a bit more user-friendly in some ways. For example, getting desktop search sorted out would be good.

On the "plus" side, my 80-something mother uses Linux almost exclusively now, and is really sold on it!
So, it's getting there.

Edited 2009-08-24 10:29 UTC

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