Linked by Martin Girard on Tue 12th Sep 2006 13:57 UTC
Linux You must remember the period where various electronic devices, from phones to radios, were available in transparent cases. You may have found them utterly cool. Yet the simple fact that you can't find these things on the shelves anymore (except for do-it-yourself PC cases) means the crowd doesn't find them nearly that cool. While you may not see the link yet, this is exactly why the Linux desktop will never be popular.
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Complexity and featurefullness
by Rich3800 on Wed 13th Sep 2006 11:11 UTC
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2006-09-13

Let's assume that the author is right in his article, saying that the average Joe is repelled by complexity. What we need to do, as geek developers is to make this complexity invisible. Since a lot of this complexity comes out through the user interface, let's make the user interface invisible. Speech recognition would be a lot like the command line: a direct link to the operating system commands and software (of course, depending on user permissions).

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2006-07-27

And if you would have read the article carefully, you would know that this is exactly what would be considered boring at least by some geeks.

And as Linux should be fun for geeks (at least when it was started), what you describe would be the opposite of what Linux is aimed at (mostly).

Yes, I know there are Distros that try to be user friendly. But how do you polish a base completely away that isn't aimed too much at that goal?

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