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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I agree if a program is in apt, great every thing is super easy however, when a program needs to be installed out side of the repositories, then that becomes a problem.

You'd still be installing a deb file, which is still tracked by the package manager.
If you are not doing that, you are doing it the wrong and hard way.

My shared ntfs partition is mounted under /mnt while usb drives go under /media????

Did you add it manually to fstab?
My "shared" (not actually) ntfs drive is mounted on /media/disk.

did you have to edit synaptic repository files? I bet you did. I windows I click download, wait for it to appear on my desktop then double click and I am good to go. Not so in ubuntu or any other distro

It's exactly that way if you download a deb file.
On the other hand if the package is available on synaptic, it's obviously faster and easier.

Adding a repository takes longer than just downloading the deb, but then you save time every time it updates.

No, its not, even if the program is in the repository, open synaptic, search for program, install(but, that actually is very easy and not the argument i am making, it is for the programs not in apt.

I was talking about the case where you had to download the deb package from the web, as you would do with an exe installer.

If it's available in synaptic then yes, it's faster as you don't even have to hunt it down through web pages.

I do find it it odd what programs require you to look for dependencies? I use windows and linux everyday and outside of a download of .net, I rarely have to go find any files. Jut download and double click

Last time it was some HP corporate software on Windows 2003. It needed some package I had to search in the MS web just to be able to run the installer.

It also utterly fun when some program tells you half way through the install process that it requires IIS/snmp/whatever, and you have to go out of your way to locate the windows cd, install the components and restart the install process. Considering some HP software enjoys wasting 1+ hours of your life just to get installed, imagine how fun it's to come back and realize you have to start again ;)

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