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 somewhat agree with the article...
by Ruahine on Mon 24th Aug 2009 11:43 UTC
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I do think that a large part of the problem with Linux is the lack of constancy.
One commenter mentioned that there are many open source projects (most of which are available for linux) which are feature equivalent to commercial software available for other OSes. However, the problem is that they often end up imitating the other software, which means that a lot of the software for Linux has different ways of doing things, different UIs etc. which leads to inconsistency.
You also have the problem that if a non-technical user sits down and learns how to user "linux" for simple everyday things, they would be quite confused if they were to use a different person's "linux" computer and found that it was quite different: While the great variety of distros are a blessing, at the same time they are a curse.

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