The 1-2% user base of Linux (larger outside the US) is just not enough to attract a commercial graphics vendor. It got a text editor to come along in UltraEdit, but Carol speaks for many a Windows user in her fondness for and skill with Photoshop.
Women don't care much about if an operating system is "free" or in a "walled garden", but if the system is easy to understand how to use. And this is exactly where Linux is failing BIG time. My point is, that Linux never will be a major system until women easily can operate it.
Women, really? I'd say the youngest and the oldest among us. Curt
, from installation to software management to disc burning and to security, it doesn't get much easier than today's KDE
. If it were, I would have never bothered since I don't have the time I once had to futz with my system. If you combine the fact that more people than ever spend their online time among social and SaaS sites, the Apple user Dan Gillmore just doesn't want to be walled into buying Apple products in perpetuity.
The very way a Linux works, proves beyond reasonable doubt that it is a system written by male geeks, for male geeks.
Why yes, yes it was. Linus Torvalds, et al. I'm sure you know the story by now, and much of that legacy was embedded by Unix-think.
Nowadays the authors are told Linux must be easier to operate, so some of the Linux software authors try adding userfriendly procedures, but so far only "some" & "try". There are still so many details under the surface where a request for help will result in an answer including geek talk impossible to understand for normal people (man or woman!).
I'm curious, can you give an example? I presume you're talking about the BASH shell, where you might enter commands like this
? If so, I haven't opened a shell window in a long time on my openSUSE
system. I could
, but like Windows, there's rarely a need for the common user under KDE.