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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User friendlyness is subjective. Let me ask you, how many clicks (least possible means) do you take to copy & paste a text in windows.

Using CUA keys:

- Select area to copy
- Ctrl+C
- Select target
- Ctrl+V

If you have an app with editable text area, that's 0-1 clicks optimum.

Everything else feels very error prone and clumsy to me. Especially the X 3-button copy-paste, which never worked ok - back in the day we had 2 button mice we had to press both buttons simultaneously, and now we have to press down scroll wheel. Sucks. Luckily this is rarely needed anymore, and as far as I'm concerned it should go the way of focus-follows-mouse...

In summary, I don't think this is a benefit of X, and not something we should make much noise about ;-).

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