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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In the eye of the beholder.
by FellowConspirator on Mon 24th Aug 2009 15:31 UTC
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Well, it depends on what you do. Generally speaking, I always found the KDE UI in particular more sensible and easier to use than Windows XP. Then again, I've always used a very wide array of operating systems and user interfaces over the years, and I'm what they'd call an "expert user". I'm predominantly using Macs right now, but still deal with quite a few Windows XP and Win2003 servers. I still find that there's functionality of KDE I miss in both, and I find the XP environment actually quite annoying at this point (even in comparison to Mac OS X 10.5).

I wouldn't say KDE isn't user friendly in so much as that it's sufficiently different from Windows (yet superficially similar) as to be outside most casual-users comfort zone.

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