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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RE: Perception is key
by vivainio on Mon 24th Aug 2009 14:15 UTC in reply to "Perception is key"
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I think the big stumbling block on Linux usablity can be highlighted with Firefox's use of GTK.

Yeah, Firefox's lousy desktop integration (mostly bad handling of downloaded files, painfully so with KDE) sticks out like a sore thumb, and because that's what you use the most, it keeps nagging at you all the time.

Best solution would probably be to remove the download manager from Linux version of firefox altogether, and let an external program sort things out.

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