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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This has been brought up and discussed many times. I wont go in to it again right now, but here are the highlights:

* Believe it or not it's like that for a good reason.
* Some room for improvement exists, but there's little gain to be had for the minor improvements we might actually agree on.
* The kind of user who cares into which directory the installer put his files ought to take the time to learn why it is the way it is and why that's a good thing. Everyone else doesn't care anyway.

That is what it boils down to. You cannot 'reorganize' without losing something many of us cannot afford to lose. You shouldn't ship radically different FS layouts for different people (no server version vs desktop version please!)

Any specific suggestions you have for improvements would be welcome, but please understand that it is a large effort to change things like this and if you cannot convince people that there's a major gain to be had they wont do it for you. That said, you are welcome to do this yourself and make your own distribution.

Or, try GoboLinux.

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