Hi. Is anyone interested in writing a shell that makes computers more useful to people and thereby usurping proprietary operating systems? Please feel free to relocate/repost this if there is somewhere more appropriate for it. Beginners to linux are still subjected to explanations of terminal commands when browsing the forum or reading the user guide. Windows is bad enough for wasting time by requiring hours of research to perform simple tasks (or to keep simple tasks running smoothly), linux appears much the same. Devices become popular when they do what the user wants them to do. A computer could have simple menu that said what it can do eg play a cd, go online,write a text document etc without the user having to go through any extraneous mechanics. The box should have a list of what it can do, you click on it, and it does it. Filesystems and all the rest of it are irrelevant and should be managed by the machine. The shell could identify what the software can do and present it in words to the user. Software could be written so it integrates with that approach. As each package is opened the user can go further into as much complexity and personalisation as they want, but the top level human interface should assume no previous knowledge of computers other than performing the task that the user wants to perform. Security? Password to login if required, password to retrieve a file if required. Anything else is too complicated and liable to be incorrectly implemented. Windows with icons scattered over them or given arcane names are not helpful. That linux even looks a bit like windows is not good. Windows is horrible to use and linux continues that. A verbal type interface could offer increasingly more choice as to how the user wants the task to be performed but with the option to 'just do it' presented at every step of the way, without presenting unending multiple-choice dialog boxes. There is a gap between what people want machines to do and how the machines function. There is a lack of awareness of that gap from those in the machine industry.