Nope, sorry, can't be dealing with that .. pulpit time
I don't believe the "Linux is less user friendly" argument for a second, it's pure fallacy.
Obviously it's *slightly* foreign to users who spent years learning their way round Windows .. but from a "user" standpoint, how is it harder ? .. you click the icon, the file manger / application starts .. you click SAVE, it saves .. you click the "X" it closes .. how hard can that be even for a windows die hard
From a techie point of view - where hardware works (because the manufacturers can be bothered to write drivers or open source them), Linux is easier than Windows and most likely will just work with minimal (or no) configuration.
For hardware with problems .. problem solving is no easier in Windows, in fact it's harder as you can't study the code/configs, and it's most likely undocumented for fear of "giving the game away".
It's taken me far less time to understand Linux troubleshootin
g "reasonably" well than it did Windows .. the fact that they completely change Windows every few years doesn't help .. but if they didn't, think of all the lost revenue from techies updating their MCSE's, MCSA's, etc.
Sure adding drives and configuring them for network access may *seem* harder from a "user" standpoint .. but that's not a "user" task, that's an administration task .. in Linux or Windows you need a skill set for administration, you either acquire it or you don't, but it's no easier to acquire for Windows .. as I said, I consider it quite a bit harder.
It's only Windows users who "think" they're admins that get themselves into trouble with Linux .. but we all know they get themselves into trouble with Windows on a regular basis too and reinstall at the drop of a hat because they know no better.
Sorry Pooky, but the rest about installing software and updating it is just pure drivel and makes no sense at all.
Again, it's different
.. it's only "harder" if you haven't bothered to learn how, and it's MUCH "better" and IMHO "easier" once you do.
Jeez dude .. click a.deb and it installs .. where's the problem with that ?
or install from the repo's and it will ALL be kept up to date .. Windows is a nightmare to keep updated.
If you MUST have the cutting edge, for usually no good reason .. then learn how to administer package management .. add a PPA .. and it'll stay up to date automatically (unlike Windows).
And I won't even go into the malware/virus side of things that make Windows so much more "user friendly"
Put simply - from a "user" standpoint there's little difference (besides Linux being more secure) it's all point and click, and from an admin standpoint how can an OS where installing ANY software puts your whole system and network at risk, and regularly screws it over completely requiring a reinstall, be considered more "friendly" ?
Windows is "easier" to administer for people who only know Windows
Linux is "easier" to administer for people who only know Linux
As someone who's learned both (to varying degrees), I say Linux is "easier".
Look what you did there .. you got me all fired up and soapbox preaching again