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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Windows has one

No, it doesn't.
Maybe it seems to make some sense when you get used to it, but that's not the same as being "logical".

It is simple guys:
System files
Program files
User data files


There you go.

not bin, sbin, opt, boot, usr, mnt, media, etc....

Because, say, %windows%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts makes so much more sense.

installing a program in linux is a guessing game as to where the files actually went.

Yeah, it sucks that you have to untar your packages and place every file manually... oh wait.
If you feel so inclined, launch gdebi and you'll get a list of all included files along with their path.

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