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I think people make it seem so much harder than it really is. Most from the windows world are use to just double clicking, next > next > next > finish to install apps which is easy.
In Linux its usually just a few commands to get it installed, its just best to usually read the README and INSTALL files first to install it properly or to customize how you want it installed. After you get a hang of it, its not so hard.
It is not always a disadvantage when you are forced to look at least a little bit at the software you are installing.
Last thing I installed on M$ was some prog to get rid of temp and duplicate files.
Klick-klick-klick goes the mouse - klick went 20 gigs of data and programs.
It's true though. People used to windows, just want to click. Keyboard should be spared. One arm should rest. Can you imagine linux user with broken arm? Speed decrease would be 500% +, whereas in windoze you'll be only missing a part, where you can not wave to coworkers over the table, or use your mobile while working. (who says that windows isn't multitasking
But seriously, most of regular users are scared of command line. Linux needs to be more clickable if it wants to win the masses.
I think that a lot of anything is bad, sometimes. If people constantly get used to clicking, then what's the point of having all these keys? Put your resources to work for you, use the keyboard. Don't be afraid.
Also, winning the masses will be by making programs FOR linux, not by making an OS for kindergarteners.
norfarm - if you like Star Office 5.2, you might be tempted to try OpenOffice.org. Sun Microsystems released the source code for Star Office a while ago, and OpenOffice.org is the result. It's actually a lot faster in operation that Star Office (there isn't that annoying desktop where all SO apps are run from), and has been improved in many other areas.
Sun have/will be releasing Star Office 6, which is basically OpenOffice.org 1.0 + some proprietary/closed-source software and support.
I agree that for the masses linux needs to become more clickable, but would all the masses adopt linux if it were more clickable -- like sheep -- to many choices. For the average M$ user it would be to much trouble to decide what they wanted; RH, Suse, MD, Slack, Debian, Calendra, ect. It can be slightly overwhelming and that is why you end up with posts like -- http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...threadid=21898 -- and then those who know anything fight over it, and scare the newbie away.