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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Simple really.
by Anon on Mon 24th Aug 2009 11:53 UTC
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User interface research, design and implementation cost TIME, MONEY and requires skilled personell.

None of which Linux/Opensorces has in that area. That's not to say the contributors to open source arn't talented - They are... but talented programmers != Talented UI designers.

Apple would spend hundreds of millions on UI design and engineers. Open source = bunch of C/C++ coders.

Only so much you can do with just code.

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