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The Stack: Encouraging Adoption Through Ease of Use

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| Open source application developers shouldn't rely on users' willingness to 
| jump through hoops. An app may be less expensive and have other advantages 
| over the competition offered by mainstream vendors, but it's not likely to 
| succeed if it demands effort users aren't willing to expend or expertise   



Why I Use Linux

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| I use Linux because its easy to use.
| And now every Windows user reading this is laughing and screaming insults at
| me. “Linux isn’t easy to use, you f*ing moron! I tried to use Ubuntu and I
| couldn’t even get it to boot. Linux is so weird and hard to use, you need to
| read twenty pages of documentation before you can even partition the hard
| drive. I spent three weeks messing with Linux and I couldn’t get my sound
| card to work.” Blah blah blah. The reasons and examples why Linux is so hard
| to use are almost endless.
| But yes, I do think Linux is easy to use.


KDE for Grannies

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| Now I’m looking forward to the first email from my Granny. Yes, I’m
| incredibly proud of her.
| And I’m happy about all the effort that was taken to make KDE applications
| easy to use and easy to understand. Even for Grannies.



Sometimes I just want to be stupid

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| All of this graphical and auto-magic installation goodness has made
| me mentally fat and lazy, we'll leave the physical out of this. I
| now expect this wondrous GUI-ness all the time, and when it's not
| there, the small nerve in my neck, that lets itself be known when
| I'm frustrated, starts to signal its existence. Now with the
| hundreds of packages that are available on Linux, you would think
| I would know better than to expect everything to be point and
| click. Actually, I do know better and I should be happy with that.


More Pleasant Surprises with Ubuntu

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| As I continue to test and work with Ubuntu, I have come across a few more
| very pleasant surprises:
| - I plugged in my Logitech V20 Notebook Speakers (USB). They worked.
| - I plugged in my Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks Deluxe. It worked. No muss,
| no fuss, so searching for drivers, it just worked.
| - I plugged in my Canon BJC-55 printer. It worked. I printed a test page on
| it, and it came out perfect. This really is getting quite impressive.
| - I plugged in my Philips SPC1300NC webcam, and although it is recognized and
| identified correctly, it doesn't seem to work. This is a bit surprising,
| since it is a UVC-compatible device, I'll have to look into it a bit more.


Secure doesn’t mean anything.

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| There are other security goals one can implement, these are only examples.
| The first two are probably the most important for most users. The main thing
| I want people who read this to take away is that there is no such thing as
| a ’secure system’ or ‘added on security’ or ‘baked in security’. Security by
| itself doesn’t mean anything. Users need to determine their threat model and
| security goals in order to determine what measures need to be taken in order
| to protect what they want protected.      


Mandriva One Not the Linux Dinosaur of Old

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| I found early versions of Linux weren't very user-friendly, so this
| time around, I used my 7-year-old son as my test subject. I gave him a
| little lesson on how to use Mandriva One and off he went. On his own, he
| was able to boot up the machine and get himself online to his favorite
| kid Web sites without any problems at all -- meaning today's Linux has
| a short learning curve.

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