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 fail to see what X has to do with user-friendliness. If I replaced X with a framebuffer what exactly do I gain that a user will care for?

You seem to think that X dictates something about how apps that happen to use it for a graphics layer look, feel, work, or something. This assumption is at best a mistake and at worst vile propaganda.

If you come back with "3D effects and compositing" or anything related to that I am going to simply hand you a dunce cap and point to the corner. So, don't.

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