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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RE: Hilarious
by agnosticnixie on Mon 24th Aug 2009 12:40 UTC in reply to "Hilarious"
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That, a million times that.
Hell, I picked up my friend's mac and I was daunted at first because even if I was using an interface with a few elements of similarity (kde 3 with the menubar on top) it still wasn't the same, and then when I started digging I stumbled through the mix of BSD and Apple utilities making up its userland. Then I got a mac for my laptop and whenever my brother (who has only used windows to any extent and could probably deal with the professional side of it even on winserver where I get lost in windows) looks at it "why do you keep complicating your life" - same reaction as he has with my linux "desktop" box.

Most of linux' userfriendliness for my completely computer dumb grandparents didn't come from it being unfamiliar, it came from the fact that they struggled to get used to Windows and that was already new to them - there's no such thing as a friendly computer to them. I doubt anything is inherently userfriendly - we jsut get used to it.

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