It’s been some time since I last posted something. Had been busy gathering data for the OLS paper and once that was done, got some time to look into the couple of months old CPU-Hotplug issue. There are some more items to be done there, hopefully will get some free time this month.
Read this post earlier today:
How easily people can confuse monopoly with standards.
When someone says Linux is not user friendly, I ask “Compared to what?” and they say “Windows”. My question is, what if someone who has worked on Linux all his life was shown a windows box? How will he/she feel about it?
Given the fact that number of schools today, in the name of “Computer Education” bias the young and impressionable minds by teaching them the basics of Microsoft this-or-that product and tell them, “Children, Windows is an operating system. Operating system is windows”, how justified are we in blaming everything to be a problem with Linux? I agree, there are a number of issues that can be improved in Linux. Whether it is the kernel, or the applications, there’s always that scope. But accusing that “Linux is bad because it does not behave like windows” is a stupid thing to do.
To give you an example, I have a young nephew who is not that much exposed to computers. His only knowledge of a computer is restricted to “Computer has a monitor, a processing unit, a keyboard and mouse”.
The last time he came home, I was working on my home PC which has Fedora 8 on it. He wanted to see how the “Computer” works. I showed him a couple of things. Simple things such How to use the calculator with different base systems, use Firefox to browse the internet, what games are available. And yes, I showed him Compiz Fusion. He spent the rest of the time browsing through my pictures and videos. Didn’t call me for help. Not even once.
Next time I met him, he told me about this “computer with a My Computer on the desktop” that his friend had. He told me how stupid was this browser with no tabbed features on it. How everytime he wanted to do something, it asked him thousand times “Are you sure you wanna do this?” and how irritating the whole experience was.
So, that brings me back to the basic question, does it make any sense in comparing two different operating systems, when you are already have a biased opinion in favor of one of them?! How can you expect such a comparison to be objective? Is the way to make Linux operating system a more user friendly one by mimicking what windows does, or by educating people about Linux?
I guess, these are things one needs to understand before doing Experiments on the girlfriend or grandma.
PS: One of my friends wanted to connect her windows laptop to my Hathway modem. When things didn’t work, she insisted on rebooting the modem. On doing that, things started working! Hmm.. must be a Bug Feature. Because on Linux, I just need to set the static IP using my Network Manager! It doesn’t ask me to reboot the modem 🙂