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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Total newbs are better of with linux
by soulrebel123 on Mon 24th Aug 2009 11:24 UTC
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Take two people with zero computer knowledge, give them two empty computers, give ubuntu to one and windows to the other. Come back after one week and see that the one running linux manages to do his stuff, the one running windows has not yet got anything to work except viruses.

The user friendliness of windows is very fragile. It works only when you have a driver cd, a software shop nearby, a lot of money, some security knowledge.
Linux might be limited to compatible hardware and software in the repositories, but if you stay within those limits, it's actually easy to use, and it's getting easier every day.

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