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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Steve Jobs knows the answer
by Hypnos on Mon 24th Aug 2009 10:09 UTC
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User friendliness comes from uniformity. Stuff fitting together, with a familiar feel and interface to all the parts. Simply, if possible.

The problem is that a software "ecosystem" will always be ill-fitting and messy; all that you can expect is that it will work.

All the polished, easy-to-understand computing platforms I can think of have been "cathedral" efforts: NeXT, BeOS, Apple (and for industrial users OpenVMS, BSD).

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