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

It does?

Yes it does, Windows, Program files, documents

System files
Program files
User data files

Users generally don't, or shouldn't, normally care about files outside their home. I say normally because sometimes you'll need to go outside but when you do I doubt "System Files" is any more clear than "/etc/" and "/sbin". Out of curiosity; what goes in "System Files"? executables? only libraries? configuration files? It's not as clear as you may think.

I agree users shouldn't have to care about files outside their home. However, when things break, like a program won't install or start, the user has to start caring.

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

Wow, that's just how I feel when I install something on Windows and the installer puts files all over the place in "C:\Windows" in addition to the folder where I told it to install the application.

The vast majority of windows programs put the executable in Program Files and also include a uninstall executable and put most configuration files all under the same folder. While there are things stored in the registry and under the windows directory most of the everything thing that is important is in the App specific folder.

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