Playing the Usability Game

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).

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