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: Comment by ven-
by Soulbender on Mon 24th Aug 2009 13:39 UTC in reply to "Comment by ven-"
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It's possible to provide one-click installers for the big distributions (like .deb for Ubuntu/Debian) but the way things currently are that doesn't help much.


It doesn't? Strange, I could have sworn that being able to do exactly what you asked for would be a good solution.

Each distribution manages their own packaging system which convieniently is incompatible to the rest of them.


So what? It doesn't matters to Joe user who rarely, if ever, switches between distros.

Each distribution manages their own packaging system which convieniently is incompatible to the rest of them.


As opposed to Windows where there are numerous different systems for creating installers (InstallShield, WISE, NSIS etc) not to mention that some companies even roll their own. Yes yes, everyone should use MSI but that's not the case in the real world.

So Linux users can neither install Windows software nor their own software.


Good thing there's no such thing as a package manager (or Add/Remove Sofware), eh?
Wonder how I get all these things done on my laptop without having to compile anything for years.

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