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'm happy right now with Ubuntu
by jabjoe on Mon 24th Aug 2009 12:31 UTC
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2009-05-06

I'm happy right now with Ubuntu, it's currently my favourite OS.

User friendliness is basically UI. What's needed for everyday users is a single way of doing things that's always valid, with a single look and feel. So, do a repository with only apps that forfill that. Only "advanced" users need stray outside of the "normal" repository.

The other thing is just make sure everything ties nicely together out the box. Which mostly things do already.

To some extent Ubuntu is already there or nearly there. It's ready for me and my wife now. I don't care about Windows. I have to program on it at work, and now I'm more educated about OSs that's painful, I'd happily leave it and not look back if the right job came along. I'd be more then happy for Windows to just disappear, it's of no interest to me.

Be nice for more people to move to an open *nix of some flavour, but I see the biggest thing is getting people ready to even really try other OSs.

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