Re: [dev] Linux sucks!

From: Dieter Plaetinck <>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:41:52 +0200

On Fri, 28 Oct 2011 13:16:33 +0100
Connor Lane Smith <> wrote:

> On 28 October 2011 12:46, Kurt H Maier <> wrote:
> > this is the biggest part of why he's an asshole.  if you're not
> > willing to learn how to use a computer don't buy a computer.  if
> > your biggest complaint about a piece of software is "I can't
> > immediately use it" then you are an asshole, full stop.
> Plus there's the problem with 'intuitive' systems that once you've
> learned one system (Windows), 'intuitive' is now overloaded with the
> meaning "like things I already know." Learning how to use computers is
> difficult. I for one grew up with Windows, and was taught to use
> Office in ICT lessons and so on... Urgh.
> (The only truly intuitive interface is a nipple.)
> So people look at Linux and say it's unintuitive, etc, but for the
> most part it's just unfamiliar. There are certain things which are
> certainly more difficult in Linux, but I'd argue package managers, for
> instance, are far nicer for novice users. People seem to want Linux to
> be identical to Windows, except better. That's just not possible.
> Nor is it even desirable. Windows already exists; let's make something
> which suits those of us who do not find it easy to use. I certainly
> don't, and if every interface were 'intuitive' in the sense that
> Windows is, I doubt I'd be able to use a computer as well as I do.
> So much for intuition.
> cls

Well said.
However about a nipple being the only truly "intuitive" interface,
that's because our instincts are carried in our DNA, which - one could argue - is also
a form of memory and acclimatization (mammals have learned to breastfeed over a long time),
an acclimatization just as your windows example, except that it forms (and is maintained)
accross generations and generations, not just during the life of a single person.
Now that I think about it, I think that if generations of people use windows,
this acclimatization also slowly grows in their DNA,
I believe I recently read an article that supports this thought.
So basically, any kind of acclimatization leaves its traces in DNA and gets inherited,
and manifests itself under the form of "intuition".
see also

So knowing this, I would classify the expectations that arise as a consequence of being indoctrinated by years of windows usage,
under the category of intuition :)

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