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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Nothing is wrong with a new system, except that it's unnecessary. I'd much rather a company direct its employees to work on something missing, like improving existing toolkits, adding points of integration between components of the desktop, and so forth, rather than have them reinvent the wheel. They have to add in all the nice polish that makes the user experience great anyway, so why not do that with existing things under open licenses so that we all benefit? Isn't that sort of the point?

That is a very good point that I hadn't considered.

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