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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by sbergman27 on Tue 25th Aug 2009 04:05 UTC
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I've just spent 2 days trying to get two different cellular broadband services working... unsuccessfully... with Linux.

The problem is clear. Linux is badly fragmented. Fragmented enough that 3rd parties just shrug their shoulders and support the targets that are easier to support. Windows and Mac. I've been an advocate of Unix on the desktop for 20 years. And I'm about to give up. I hate Linux today. To the point that I considered just buying a copy of Vista and having done with it all. (Those who know me can feel free to be appropriately shocked now.)

It's the anarchy. The community, a tiny minority of the greater world, is so busy insisting that everything has to be done in their own way... except that they can't even agree on a single way, or even 2 ways of doing anything, that the greater world just laughs and walks on.

We're never going to win because we sabotage ourselves so, and I'm thinking I should just cut my loses... my 21 years worth of them... and join the human race.

Wireless-less and tired in Oklahoma City, and $529 poorer for having made the attempt.


P.S. This "reality" thing is really weird.

Edited 2009-08-25 04:15 UTC

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