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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rockwell
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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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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Linux is so incredibly not #1 on the desktop, that I have to think you are just making a perverse argument for the sake of trying to win a debate despite being completely wrong about reality. You can invent whatever statistics you like, but the whole truth remains the whole truth.

Linux is not the most used desktop OS.

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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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