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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try the reverse
by portamenteff on Thu 27th Aug 2009 18:25 UTC
portamenteff
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2008-05-25

I have used Gnu-Linux systems almost exlusively for several years now. I recently used Windows on a friend's machine the other day. The network went down. I found out later it was an ISP problem, not Windows. I found it harder to find out what was wrong, not easier even though I have spent several years in the past using Windows exclusively. The point it, it's about familiarity. The Linux-based systems are now eisier, and thus more user friendly to me.
To say "Why is Windows more user friendly?" is to say "I use Windows easier." I can do my daily work faster and easier now with Linux than I did with Windows years ago. I'm not saying Linux is faster, I've gotten faster myself at typing, finding files, and researching with search engines and databases. Linux is more user friendly to me anyway.

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