Usability has neven been a forte of Linux distros until the advent of Ubuntu. For this post, I’m referring to usability in terms of setting up a WiFi network only, (which until now is still an exercise in frustration). My idea of usability is this:
- Basic knowledge of computing
- Moderate use of google search
- Plug and Play
- 10-page manual (or less)
There are many factors before Linux will become a mainstream OS, and usability is one. Unless hardware vendors give first-class support to Linux as much as the Windows platform, Linux will remain a niche OS for niche market. The Linux Standard Base has a looooooooooong way to go (among others).