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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Everything else feels very error prone and clumsy to me. Especially the X 3-button copy-paste, which never worked ok

It has always worked for me. Some of us have a three button mouse you know.

Luckily this is rarely needed anymore, and as far as I'm concerned it should go the way of focus-follows-mouse...

You don't really need the third button in Linux anymore but if focus-follows-mouse is removed I'll be pissed. Click-to-focus is the most annoying "feature" of Windows to me. I don't always want to raise a window just to type in it.

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