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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Moulinneuf
Member since:
2005-07-06

How can the most widely used OS with the most diversity and choice be un-friendly ?

Put it in the hand of someone who as no idea what they are doing who are used to buy computer with windows or Apple Pre-installed or with a Rescue/OEM DVD. Then it become so called un-friendly.

But then the same happens with cars , bicycle , boats , electric tools , cooking instruments , etc ...

Almost all the time there is a comparable option staring the user in the face , but since they don't know it and are looking for something else they go : "well it's less friendly then others because it don't have the thing that other have " when it's >> RIGH THERE <<.

Or they start comparing a 300 million budget game with a 2d game someone made for fun on his spare time ...

Or you have the other who ask for other platform software they should be intelligent enough to know the other OS won't port to GNU/Linux because there developer are incompetent or stealing.

Geek use and work on and for all OS , there are more normal user in GNU/Linux then there are real geek , even in the developer ranks.

Let's not forget that since it's the #1 OS by usage , that make other OS makers jealous and that some of them and there marketing and user's are known to make up stuff and make up lies about others.

Finally you can't make an OS that is perfect for everyone , neither should you try , because you can try and make something stupid proof , but the stupid will reinvent itself as more stupid or change there goal or wants.

Edited 2009-08-24 10:27 UTC

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rockwell Member since:
2005-09-13

//How can the most widely used OS with the most diversity and choice be un-friendly ? //

What? Linux is *hardly* the most widely-used OS. Outside of supercomputing and web servers, it's way behind.

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Janvl Member since:
2007-02-20

Someone said: "Linux is way behind".
Behind what?

An insecure OS, an OS that is only allowed on certain hardware? What do you mean with "behind".

Userfriendlyness starts with "user", a human, these happen to very very divers, so we can discuss this matter for the next 10 years to come and it will not bring anything.

Win/Lin/Osx there is not that much difference once one get used to one or the other. Pick the one that does the job.

Edited 2009-08-24 16:23 UTC

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