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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by bralkein on Mon 24th Aug 2009 10:18 UTC
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What a huge, unfocused and rambling article. If you're going to write something that long, it could at least grant some new insight, but instead it relays the old "Linux is less polished and less consistent due to a lack of strong guidance & holistic design" sort of line.

Which isn't to say there's nothing to that argument, just that you don't need to use 9 bazillion pages to make it. The article even contradicts itself quite strongly, first seemingly asserting that Linux nowadays sees a comparable amount of corporate investment as Windows or Mac OS, which is a very dubious claim to begin with, but later on in the article it is acknowledged that much of this investment is targeted at the server side of things, and as such is hardly relevant to a comment on desktop usability.

Anyway, in my opinion I think there have been some great strides made in Linux usability recently, from Ubuntu most significantly but from others as well. KDE 4 for example seems to represent a renewed focus on this front for that project, albeit with mixed success so far. I am sure that with Moblin and Chrome OS and others the good work will continue. Where I really want to see improvement is with integration into hardware, to see Dell or whoever really do some hard work to deliver a machine which is well-integrated, with eg. DVD playback, 3D, bluetooth, printer support working well out of the box.

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