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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two other OSs?
by Googol on Mon 24th Aug 2009 21:44 UTC
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XP and Vista ? Just kidding ;)

OK I tried ALL mayor distris on an supposedly supported Dell Inspiron (Ubuntu, Fedora, Xorg specifically say so); tried suse, Ubuntu, Debian, Mandriva, etc and ONLY Knoppix could configure the graphics. Now, that is a bog-standard Intel graphics and if this doesn't work in the year 2009 it has to be XP again. (Intel 845 - Xorg also wrongfully believes they sorted this out but they did not) So I keep fooling around with with all sorts of distris in a VM, but I don't see myself replacing Win 100% any time soon. Until a year ago, NO distro could boot a Shuttle SN25P with nforce4 chipset - I tried them all periodically for 3 years. Go figure. (But I do run them all, incl PCBSD and Solaris in VM on that box)

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