Linked by David Adams on Fri 18th Jun 2010 19:17 UTC
Linux Linux Magazine has a profile of Daniel Fore and the Elementary project. Elementary is a Linux distro that's committed to a clean and simple user experience, but it's more than a distro - it's actually a multi-pronged effort to make improvements to the user experience for a whole ecosystem of components, including icons, a GTK theme, Midori improvements, Nautilus, and even Firefox. The work that elementary is doing isn't limited to their own distro, and some of their work is available in current, and perhaps future, Ubuntu releases. The results are really striking, and I think it's probably the handsomest Linux UI I've ever seen.
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But the very simple reason it's not ready for mass consumption is that it more or less *requires* the CLI and/or editing config files by hand in order to get anything done that's remotely advanced.

Wow, wonder when this nonsese is going to go away? I'm guessing never as long as there are morons around.
If you need to do "advanced" stuff having to use the CLI instead of wading thru registry keys and ini files is not a big deal. Also, mass-consumption is the opposite of needing to do advanced stuff. The mass-consumer is not (at least not immediately) interested in the advanced stuff, they just need something that meats a common denominator and works.

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