Linked by David Adams on Fri 18th Jun 2010 19:17 UTC
Linux Linux Magazine has a profile of Daniel Fore and the Elementary project. Elementary is a Linux distro that's committed to a clean and simple user experience, but it's more than a distro - it's actually a multi-pronged effort to make improvements to the user experience for a whole ecosystem of components, including icons, a GTK theme, Midori improvements, Nautilus, and even Firefox. The work that elementary is doing isn't limited to their own distro, and some of their work is available in current, and perhaps future, Ubuntu releases. The results are really striking, and I think it's probably the handsomest Linux UI I've ever seen.
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Yes it's true that Linux is easier to use than it's ever been before. But the very simple reason it's not ready for mass consumption is that it more or less *requires* the CLI and/or editing config files by hand in order to get anything done that's remotely advanced.

Huh? There are numerous Linux distros in which one never needs to see a terminal, unlike the remedies required for OSX problems:
I'm guessing that the average Mac chimp is going to have trouble with these terminal commands.

Another large-ish factor ... App versions are months behind the newest releases,...

Huh? Try Arch, Sidux and Gentoo (just to name a few).

... and installing new versions of anything risks breaking something else.

Perhaps you are confusing Linux with OSX. Here are just a few choice Apple upgrading problems that have popped up in the last two days:

Safari completely unresponsive after update:
Photos lost upgrading library to Ap3:
Latest SL update seems to screwed up Aperture:
Problems after upgrade to 4.03 creating events from address book:
Can't Install Quicktime [upgrading hasn't worked since April 11, 2010]:;jsessionid=84756CA46355044...
Mac OS X: Issues with OS X10.6.4 [since upgrading]:

Those posts came from a quick scan of the forums of only a few Apple programs. These threads barely scratch the surface of Apple upgrading problems.

I thought everything with Apple "just works!"

Please go to the forums of any major Linux distro and find this many upgrading problems existing in such a short span of time.

Plus for the few applications that do offer direct-install binaries, you risk not being able to uninstall those apps easily, since the package manager either gets confused or ignores them completely.

Of course, Windows and OSX programs are always fully uninstalled when commanded. /s

Furthermore, it is always amazing when someone tries to characterize Linux in a certain way. There are hundreds of different distros, many of which do unique and incredible things. For instance, how does the above notion on problems with Linux independent package uninstall apply to distros such as Gobolinux, where each package and library sits in its own directory?

Another thing, it is rarely necessary to install a more recent, independent binary that is not in the repos, especially with Arch, Sidux, Gentoo, etc. Such distros keep packages fairly recent, and they certainly update the packages more often than most OSX and Windows programs.

...But still, the CLI is by far the biggest reason why Linux has not "gone mainstream".

Not sure on what such a notion is based.

My 84 year old mother installed Mepis by herself, and she doesn't know how to use the CLI, and she has never had to use the CLI.

Edited 2010-06-19 07:37 UTC

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