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".

Okay, I agree logical was not the right term to use but, no file system is logical. However, windows and os x's files system is a lot easier understand.

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


Okay in this scheme where are my programs installed /bin, /sbin/ /usr/bin /usr/sbin? Why are some things mounted under /mnt and others under /media?

There you go.

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

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

Most of the programs install the executables under program files so yes it does make 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.

Please, installing a program in Windows=double click icon, Mac=Double click icon, Ubuntu, if it is synaptic great, very easy to do just search for the file. However, if it isn't in there like skype, or chrome beta, or numerous other programs, then it is a crap shoot were it can be as easy as editing an apt source file or as complicated as a never ending loop of dependencies.

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