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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So, instead it sounds like her single Vista laptop could've done the trick.

No because (and as stated before):
1/ it wasn't portable enough to cart around to university lessons
2/ it wasn't responsive enough (took too long to boot, apps ran too slow, etc).

Hence her buying an EeePC.

Plus, if Vista was really "doing the trick" (to use your words) then she wouldn't have asked me to wipe it and "put something else on" (to use her words).
Granted she didn't specifically mean Linux, but I'd have just as quickly wiped it and stuck XP on if she wasn't completely happy with Xubuntu (a point I repeatedly told her).
After all, there's no point forcing an OS (Linux or otherwise) on someone if they can't get along with it.

But, I guess some people like making excuses for buying more stuff.

Isn't that the one of the foundations on which western society is built?
Most people don't need x, y or z but like shiny new toys.

Besides (and as stated already), one of her laptops is a company laptop (ie she didn't buy it)

And if she ever left you, how much would you bet she sticks with Linux (assuming her next boyfriend isn't another Linux fanboi)? Face it, the only reason she runs non-Windows machines is because you installed it.

Her EeePC came with Linux preinstalled. So I'm betting she stays with Linux on one of her 3 machines.

This is a typical "Look at granny using Linux!" type story, where some nerd installs Linux for grandma but without him there to play help desk, granny would fall flat on her face.

How many granny's do you know that can install and problem solve a Windows install without a nerdy grandson to play help desk?

At the end of the day, most users choose their OS because someone else chose it for them (be it an OEM or be it their nerdy grandson)

....assuming her next boyfriend isn't another Linux fanboi....

For the record, I'm an OS-geek and not a Linux fanboy.
I just believe that the OS should work for the users rather than the users having to adapt to an OS - which means, for example, for my music production I use Windows and for backing up my data I use OpenSolaris (for ZFS).
So the only thing I push on other people is the same choice. If they install, for example, Ubuntu and hate it - then I'm not going moan when they switch back to Windows because they were open to and aware of their choice but preferred Windows.

On this instance, I gave the misses the same choice and she preferred Xubuntu to Vista and XP. I may have physically installed the OS but she had/has the choice to switch back to Windows (and I would readily done this for her) but she chose not to. Her choice, not mine.

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