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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Geeks developing for themselves.
by another_sam on Tue 25th Aug 2009 00:01 UTC
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2009-08-19

I agree with David as I agree with Tristan Nitot:

"Geeks are different from 97 per cent of the population."

Read
http://www.itpro.co.uk/124832/love-and-usability-drive-firefox-succ...

It has been said here: "see VLC and Firefox". I also agree with that. VLC and Firefox are pure win. Why? The answer is clear for me: They have been built with 97% of the population in mind.

It has been said here that distros do not try to uniform things enough and don't care about long-term. This recalls me the answers to
http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2009/08/msg00092.html
, where in front of what is for me an extended hand to collaboration and effort joining with mid-long-term in mind, answers such as "there is nothing wrong now", "upstreams don't care about what arrives to users and neither should" are given.

Considering all, the surprising fact would be that Linux ever raised from the 3% of desktop usage with this attitude.

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