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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The nail-puller
by pimpernel on Mon 24th Aug 2009 11:53 UTC
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"They make nail pullers that are much easier to understand, but they don't work as well. They take longer and damage the wood more. But the thing about the slide-action pullers that I like is that even though they take a few minutes to learn, once you know the trick, they save you several minutes with each nail."

That's it in a nutshell. Do we really /need/ our grandmothers to be able to forward LOLcat emails under Linux? (BTW mine does - with LinuxMINT.)

Unless the very idea of proprietary software offends you (and I hope you're not Mac users), let people use what they'll use. That's freedom.

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