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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Things to level Windows and Linux
by Jason Bourne on Mon 24th Aug 2009 15:59 UTC
Jason Bourne
Member since:
2007-06-02

1) A kind of implementation of the installable and infamous .EXEs, able to run cross-distributions.

2) Your favourite nice little app running on Linux.

3) Your favourite hardware coming with a 3-click installation process CD media.

4) UI consistency

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

1) A kind of implementation of the installable and infamous .EXEs, able to run cross-distributions.


EXE's? Why would we need the Windows executable format? Do you mean installer packages?

3) Your favourite hardware coming with a 3-click installation process CD media


My favorite hardware comes with a no-click installation process, "It Just Works".

4) UI consistency


Let me introduce you to Office 2007, Google Chrome and iTunes (to name but a few). What was that about consistency?

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FellowConspirator Member since:
2007-12-13

I think one of Linux strong suits has always been that it's driver model is much more flexible. Generally speaking you should never need to install a driver for hardware - it should just work. It's been years since I've not had hardware "just work" in Linux.

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