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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To me, user-friendlyness to a large part comes from the computer acting as if it had one voice and one mind. I.E. No matter what the user is trying to do, they know where the computer would put it, in the same way that they would know how late their roommate will be in paying the rent.

Linux, being made by many groups that all come together with an established history of what "user friendliness" means to them, lacks that overarching voice. There are dozens of different ways of doing anything, some of which may or may not work in any given circumstance.

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