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[6]: Comment by ven-
by Wrawrat on Mon 24th Aug 2009 18:08 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by ven-"
Wrawrat
Member since:
2005-06-30

Relying on PPAs doesn't really solve the issue, as you still depend on whoever maintains the PPA and its choice of distribution. As for building your own packages, you shouldn't do that unless you want to be their maintainer.

I'm not saying that standalone packages is the way to go. However, pretending that everything is solved by using repositories is burying your head deep in the sand. There is room for improvement.

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RE[7]: Comment by ven-
by vivainio on Mon 24th Aug 2009 18:19 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by ven-"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

Relying on PPAs doesn't really solve the issue, as you still depend on whoever maintains the PPA and its choice of distribution.


But you always depend on someone doing the package, even on windows.

Distro dependency is not a real issue anymore; you have a right to complain if you are using Ubuntu (which is the de facto standard now) and you still can't install the package. People running everything else are on their own, and they know it - it's the life they have chosen.

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RE[8]: Comment by ven-
by ven- on Mon 24th Aug 2009 19:04 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by ven-"
ven- Member since:
2009-08-24

No, it's not the same. On Windows the developers of the software usually also package it while on Linux most of the projects only provide source code access.

The software you get in the repositories is already part of your distribution, whether or not you install it and its content is neither complete nor up-to-date.

Installing anything that is beyond your distribution is a mess.

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