Linux should be the means and not the end

Date: 2014-05-19 06:39 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I have been using Linux for a decade now and when I had a chance to grab a MAC, I just did that. And I was amazed at how it made things more easy for me. True to its founder's words, I don't really have to struggle to figure out how to do something. Its all about what is it that I want to do.

I totally agree with you that its a very small percentage of users [ and not developers ] who would be interested in changing their system configuration.

The design with which we need to go for making Linux more useful, will be the key for what Linux actually turns out to be. If we go for enhanced Security, we cannot crib about extra steps to dig deeper into some machine secrets. With enhanced Security, you are bound to have multiple levels of checks before you get your hands to what you need. So, the design drives the outcome.

One design that would be great to have on Linux would be to make Linux just a means of doing something and not the end in itself. We need to start by understanding what people want to use computers for. And give them a tool [ Linux ] that does it with excellence. They really shouldn't be bothered about how it does or how they can enhance it. It should be configured out of the box to do the best thing for the user.

-- Sarfraaz Ahmed
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