On Sat, 2012-01-07 at 22:34 +0100, thijs van severen wrote:
IMO Linux has got some user friendly aspects you won't find for other
OS, even not for other *nix such as BSD.
However, if you run into issues and this soon or later will happen what
ever OS you're using, the chances to get useful messages, are very good,
when running Linux and other *nix. For hardware test purpose I set up a
Windows some days ago. There was a driver missing for LAN, but the
messages were about a broken LAN cable. This isn't a useful message,
it's what a bot will say, just to say something. Comparable to
Weizenbaum's ELIZA, "For example, it is a context in which the question
"Who is your favorite composer?" can be answered acceptably with
responses such as "What about your own favorite composer?" or "Does that
question interest you?" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ELIZA
For Windows and Linux it's the same, the user needs to know, where to
look, if something doesn't work. For the example, a missing driver,
there are ways to see this for Linux and for Windows, but for Windows
the user gets idiotic hints, so that people who are inexperienced with
computers, waste time with checking the wrong things.
The manifoldness regarding to desktop environments for Linux might be
less user friendly from a special point of view. The workflow provided
by e.g. XP is similar to Xfce, but completely different for Unity. On
Linux we have the choice, having no choice sometimes is easier, but not
really an advantage.
I dislike that Linux becomes more fancy nowadays. GUIs that use the
theme I set up for my desktop environment are exactly what I want. For
me it's hard to use all those new fancy GUIs. I set up a theme that fit
to the abilities of my eyes and monitor, but some of the new GUIs ignore
that and use pictures of amps, effects etc. that are visually hard to
use for me.
To increase the target group more fashionable crap is needed, but that
shouldn't be, what Linux is intended for. I don't want to get Linux
apps, comparable to those apps all the consumers use on their
proprietary computers, such apps like crystal ball apps in the style of
"Does the neighbour woman love me?" "Simply type her name and your name
and you get the answer." Important is, that this app must cost something
and that the source code is a secret.
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