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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Chronically-incompetent computer users typically want their thinking done for them

No, the vast majority of computer users do not want to think about the computer at all. They just want to think about their work, the thing they are getting paid to do. I think that is the problem with too many tech folks (of which I am one) - they expect users to take the time to be "power users" like they are. I love fiddling with my computers. This weekend I installed Ubuntu 9.04 32-bit and 8.04 64-bit, as well as Solaris 0906 (gave it a shot on my laptop - but no suspend/resume yet). The fact that someone else spends their time dissecting legal cases - but can't stand the user interface to their computer - doesn't say anything about the competence. It could be our interfaces are needlessly complex.

BTW, I am a Senior is Computer Science, I have a 4.0, I scored in the top 1% of the country on the ACT test - and I go to church. That means you can throw out most of what I just said. I'm probably a dim bulb. Sleep well!

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RISCOSMike Member since:

Nice, weldone!


I questioned the nature of the universe and found a loving relationship with an awesome God.

Doesn't make me turn off my brain, I'm using Linux everyday for general usage, also while I'm learning to program.

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