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[3]: Comment by ven-
by abraxas on Mon 24th Aug 2009 14:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ven-"
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My whole comment was on installing software that's NOT in the repositories.

This is a strawman argument. Installing software that is not in a repository for any major distro is a rarity. People always trump up the non-repository application installation process like it is a serious problem but it isn't. There is nothing stopping anyone from creating an installer that acts like Windows installers and statically links everything and then throws it into /opt. There is just little incentive to make this a standard way of installing applications because it is so inefficient and unnecessary.

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