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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postdiction
Member since:
2009-07-08

[q]...why can't linux have a logical file system?

...not bin, sbin, opt, boot, usr, mnt, media, etc....


What is not logical about that? Just because you have not bothered to take the 30 minutes or so, that it would take to read up on and gain a good understanding of the Linux File Hierarchy Standard? If they put the binaries in boot, mounted removable media to bin and the bootloader files in mnt - I might see why that is not logical.

Typical linux fanboy, I do know because i have read, i am talking about the average desktop user like your mom or aunt, who will not take 30 min to read how to use linux when she already knows how to use windows or a mac


installing a program in linux is a guessing game as to where the files actually went.


Yes, because 'rpm -ql ' or 'dpkg -L ' is so very difficult
Either you have very strong sense of sarcasm or your a dumb***

Edited 2009-08-24 16:05 UTC

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Typical linux user, I do know because i have read, i am talking about the average desktop user like your mom or aunt, who will not take 30 min


What makes you think a cryptic "System Files" (what's a system file?) or "Program Files" is easier for the novice user? Not to mention the litter under the "Windows" folder. Oh yeah, that stuff is a breeze for the un-initiated.

Either you have very strong sense of sarcasm or your a dumb***


Maybe you can enlighten us then. How do I find out exactly what files an installer installed and where in Windows?

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postdiction Member since:
2009-07-08

"Typical linux user, I do know because i have read, i am talking about the average desktop user like your mom or aunt, who will not take 30 min


What makes you think a cryptic "System Files" (what's a system file?) or "Program Files" is easier for the novice user? Not to mention the litter under the "Windows" folder. Oh yeah, that stuff is a breeze for the un-initiated.

Either you have very strong sense of sarcasm or your a dumb***


Maybe you can enlighten us then. How do I find out exactly what files an installer installed and where in Windows?
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lol, I like your attempts at making a point.

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dragossh Member since:
2008-12-16

What makes you think a cryptic "System Files" (what's a system file?) or "Program Files" is easier for the novice user? Not to mention the litter under the "Windows" folder. Oh yeah, that stuff is a breeze for the un-initiated.


Gee, I don't know. Maybe a system file is a file that is required by the system and should not be deleted? And maybe Program Files contains the files needed by programs to run. Wow! It is logical.

Maybe you can enlighten us then. How do I find out exactly what files an installer installed and where in Windows?


Browse to \Program Files\Program and there are your files. Your user files are either there or in \Documents and Settings\User\AppData on XP, and in \Users\User\AppData in Vista.

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abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

Typical linux fanboy, I do know because i have read, i am talking about the average desktop user like your mom or aunt, who will not take 30 min to read how to use linux when she already knows how to use windows or a mac


You're missing the point. Average Windows users have no clue where things go when they download them nevermind when they install software. There is absolutely nothing inherently superior or easier about Windows' filesystem layout to the average user. Linux is quite sane actually if not a little confusing at first.

Either you have very strong sense of sarcasm or your a dumb***


You're making a fool of yourself by calling someone else dumb.

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