For those who don’t know me, a little background. I have a BA and an MBA, I have worked in the IT field for over a dozen years, on various operating systems, applications and hardware platforms. I think I’m a fairly sharp guy. But one of the things that continuously annoys me about Linux and Open Source software in general is the sheer kludginess (is that a word) of trying to get software to JUST WORK! Microsoft and Apple have not carved out their market share because they have superior products, but because for the average layperson, getting the system to work, and installing software is pretty simple to do.
I read something a few weeks back from a columnist (wish I could remember who – so I could link to him), who said that for 90% of the population, they don’t care how their computer and operating system works, they just want it to work so they can get stuff done. Just as most people don’t care how their car engine works, or how household appliances work. They want them to JUST WORK!