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[4]: Comment by ven-
by Wrawrat on Mon 24th Aug 2009 16:19 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by ven-"
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If installing software outside the main repositories of a distro was such a non-issue, people wouldn't raise it as an issue.

Repositories are great, but you are at the mercy of the maintainers. They work quite well when you stick with popular software, but you are pretty much left on your own when you need less-known or new programs. Even if your software is packaged in the repositories, it doesn't mean they are up-to-date (take Ubuntu/Debian with its 3-years-old Eclipse).

Of course, you can compile/package the software you need, but how user-friendly is that?

It's not because you don't need something that nobody needs it... If there is something I am missing from the Windows/Apple world, it's a package system that doesn't rely on central repositories.

Edited 2009-08-24 16:20 UTC

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