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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* 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.

Meanwhile, I unzip an app on Haiku and move it into /boot/apps.

And maybe I want to delete some preferences... there they are: /home/config/settings

Believe it or not, making the filesystem easier to understand (even if it's a change from /bin to /apps) makes the user to want to understand the system. Part due to it's simplicity. Of course when you have 30 directories the user will get scared and will want to close the window.

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