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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I did not say that there was no advantage to other filesystem layouts. I said that the existing layout isn't purely sadistic. It is like that for a good reason and any attempt to change it will necessarily have to take in to account the advantages of the current system, throwing out as few as possible.

Most people wanting to 'fix' *nix directory structures do not understand them and so throw the baby out with the bathwater. Their proposals fail to gain acceptance and they are left wondering why.

I am all for a revised FSH, but you can't simply throw it all away because it's ugly or because you found something else that worked for you, once.

To reply to a specific point regarding /bin/ -> /apps/. This may seem like a good idea, but most apps are not in and should not be in /bin/ (thus not in /apps/). So, you see, it is never that simple. You could simply rename all bin dirs to apps or system-apps, which is fine by me. But, as I said, there is only a small gain in comprehension if you do this and there is massive work involved in converting existing software (and people) over to use it. The gains are thus not great enough and people don't do it.

Not that you couldn't. I encourage you to start your own distro and do just this, and other things if you think they're improvements. Maybe it will catch on (but I doubt it).

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