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?
Permalink for comment 380332
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
ichi
Member since:
2007-03-06

Dude, you are talking about some very specific software in a server environment we are talking about the desktop environment with common apps the average person uses.


I thought we were talking about user friendliness.
It was a windows piece of software installed through msi. The software's purpose is irrelevant, it uses a "standard" (one of them) windows install process.

Is it easier to edit a repository file sure it is for you and me, people who understand this. We are talking about the average user and for the average user, editing a file is significantly harder than going to skype.com clicking download and installing.


You don't even have to edit anything, there's a gui for that, but you can also go to skype.com, download the deb and install, anyway.

Edited 2009-08-24 17:22 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 3