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: Is Linux that Unfriendly?
by marcp on Tue 25th Aug 2009 20:19 UTC in reply to "Is Linux that Unfriendly?"
marcp
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2007-11-23

Correct. My mom uses highly accustomized Arch installation, same happens with my grandma ...

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Peter Besenbruch Member since:
2006-03-13

Correct. My mom uses highly accustomized Arch installation, same happens with my grandma ...


My father uses Debian. My kids use Linux in college. It wasn't a case of them installing anything. I did the installing.

Had they just purchased a machine, it would have run Windows, and it would have been loaded with crapware. I could have spent the time removing what wasn't needed and locking down the system, but installing Linux takes the same amount of time. Once Linux is installed, there isn't that much maintenance needed. Does that count as user friendly?

When it comes to the larger issue of user friendliness, I tend to avoid the "user friendly" distros, and go with Debian. I find it "friendlier" to install a base system, then add X and a desktop environment. With KDE, I install Kdebase and add other items on an as needed basis. That tends to produce a lean, responsive system. Yes, such an install routine requires a basic knowledge of what you want, but if you have that knowledge, Debian is one of the most "user friendly" distros out there.

So, God bless "user friendly." I just wish I knew what people meant by it. ;)

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