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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User-friendliness: my two critical cents
by strcpy on Tue 25th Aug 2009 07:43 UTC
strcpy
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2009-05-20

A lot of comments, so I'll just add my points:

1. A lof the so-called user-friendliness in Linux is not really friendliness but more like GUI-wrappers to good-old CLI-programs.

2. A lot of the so-called user-friendliness in Linux is pursued only to cater the newcomer masses, often at the expense of oldtimers.

3. A lot of the so-called user-friendliness in Linux works exactly to the opposite direction: what was once an user-friendly CLI-interface is now sometimes a complex and morbid mess of GUI-interfaces and huge XML-files.

4. My hypothesis is that the recent trends in the so-called user-friendliness in Linux will lead to the very same symptoms witnessed in the Windows-world. As an analogy: once there are enough equivalents to Windows registry and management of the system can not be done in decades old UNIX fashion, the system is not any more user-friendly to administer.

Beware of the forthcoming idiot box.

Edited 2009-08-25 07:47 UTC

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