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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an OS should not matter
by Janvl on Mon 24th Aug 2009 12:02 UTC
Janvl
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2007-02-20

Thanks for this excellent article.

The OS should not matter, it is the programms a user runs. My wife jumps from Linux to Windows and vice versa because I installed the same apps on both.
Actually she finds all computers user-unfriedly.

Problem with Linux is that so much choice is not always the best, my friend who os a developer is alway complaining because there is no standard API for Linux, I guess that is the main problem.
Progress has been made, KDE and GNome run each others programms but much is to be done.

Installing linux is much easier then installing windows (or OSX), there is hardly a pre-installed linux to be bought, the install has improved dramatically the last few years.

Fact remains, what is "userfriendly" depends on the perception of the one called the "user" and those are all humans with all their differences, so this discussion will never end.

Jan

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