Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Apr 2008 18:01 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Last week, the Ubuntu guys released Ubuntu 8.04, named "Hardy Heron". Instead of posting 24408 news items pointing to different reviews of this new Ubuntu release from all over the world, we decided to collect a few of them over the weekend and present them all in one gulp. I have a feeling some of you might like not seeing three Ubuntu items every day.
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by Crono on Mon 28th Apr 2008 18:40 UTC
Crono
Member since:
2006-11-08

Linux won't truly be ready for the desktop until someone computer illiterate can sit down at a the computer and with little effort do what they want to do.


Shaw's Principle:
Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use it.

(thanks, fortune!)

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byrc Member since:
2006-02-18

Shaw's Principle:
Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use it.

(thanks, fortune!)


To be quite honest, the average consumer today is quite the fool when it comes to computers. And that is through no fault of their own. When you are working and have a family and the such, it is totally reasonable to assume someone does not want to spend the time reading new documentation and forums to get their computer to work.

To most people, a computer is simply an appliance, not a toy or hobby. A truly modern OS should be transparent to the user much like a refrigerator is. You do not need to understand the mechanics of a fridge to keep your beer cold and the same should go for computers. They should not need to know they are learning a new filesystem, they should not have to care. The system should be intuitive enough that the simple tasks most people use computers for are quick and accessible.

Linux has the opportunity to be the "People's OS" but there seems to be a great deal of internal resistance to making it a populist system. Much like when someones favorite indie band makes it big, people for some reason do not want their own private operating system being the next big thing.

Ubuntu, and for that matter Fedora, SuSE and the other "mainstream" Linux distros are making great strides to the sort of transparency needed, and I hope they keep making this progress.

Edited to fix my quoting mistakes

Edited 2008-04-28 19:04 UTC

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starnix Member since:
2006-05-12

Your refrigerator analogy is a good one in regards to what people expect however it breaks down in that a refrigerator only does one thing. Keeps things cold. A computer is a complex piece of equipment and as you make it easier you also make it "simpler" as in, you will be limiting it. I think as a "Power user" desktop OS, LINUX is there. It hasn't yet reached the status of "Stupid User" desktop, and to be honest, I hope it never does as that would hold ME back. Also to be fair, Windows hasn't reached "Stupid User" status yet either, thats Mac OSX territory.

The real situation is that Windows basically is forced on you by every PC maker out there. LINUX had to WORK to get where it is and I think it is doing marvelously and already IS a better OS than Windows.

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martinus Member since:
2005-07-06

Shaw's Principle:
Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use it.


Sorry, but this is just wrong. Think of a hammer: this is a tool that is extremely simple to use, just grab it and bash away. Do only fools use a hammer? Think of a blacksmith. A good tool should enable fools to get the work done, and experts to deliver exceptional results.

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Crono Member since:
2006-11-08

Sorry, but this is just wrong. Think of a hammer: this is a tool that is extremely simple to use, just grab it and bash away. Do only fools use a hammer? Think of a blacksmith. A good tool should enable fools to get the work done, and experts to deliver exceptional results.


A blacksmith is not a fool. A blacksmith is a professional. And I know some people who are definitely not able to get a nail into a board without deforming it (that doesn't really have much to do with the blacksmith but w/e).

Also, comparing operating systems to things like that is... unfitting.

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autumnlover Member since:
2007-04-12


Shaw's Principle: Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use it.


"Who's the more foolish - the fool, or the fool who follows him?"

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