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[6]: Comment by ven-
by Wrawrat on Mon 24th Aug 2009 18:08 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by ven-"
Wrawrat
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Relying on PPAs doesn't really solve the issue, as you still depend on whoever maintains the PPA and its choice of distribution. As for building your own packages, you shouldn't do that unless you want to be their maintainer.

I'm not saying that standalone packages is the way to go. However, pretending that everything is solved by using repositories is burying your head deep in the sand. There is room for improvement.

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