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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Can you tell me which sane piece of software installs things in \Windows?

Oh come on, dont pretend that no software installs DLL's and such in System32.

And Common Files areā€¦ common files used by the apps?

By what apps? Some folders in Common Files are named after companies, some after products and some are entirely generic.
I also have a "System" folder in Common Files. What are system files doing there? Why arent they in the "system" folders?
Clearly an excellent system with no room for confusion.

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