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

Who cares where the files went? The actual executable will be in your $PATH so it can be launched just by typing its name. You can create a launcher if there's not already one.

It's not a "guessing game" either - your package manager will have a way of telling you where the package has installed files to.

Just because the sight of the / directory makes you feel like a n00b, does not make the system broken. In fact, the system works extremely well BECAUSE you don't need to know where things are. Also, it's a well thought-out system because indexing services like "man" don't have to scoot all over the filesystem looking for man pages - a place for everything and everything in its place.

Class dismissed.

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