Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Mar 2006 16:34 UTC, submitted by Linuxfanboy
Microsoft "This time it's patents that will ensure the downfall of GNU/Linux and with it, the entire world of open source. But before hanging up your certified geek propeller-hat and retraining as a dental hygienist, you might want to consider the following brief history of Microsoft's use of fear, uncertainty, and doubt as a weapon against GNU/Linux." Hopelessly pro-everything-that-is-Linux, but an interesting overview of Microsoft's approach to Linux over the years nonetheless. Elsewhere, the Guardian looks at the challanges Microsoft is currently facing.
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RE: Goes both ways
by gustl on Fri 31st Mar 2006 12:31 UTC in reply to "Goes both ways"
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2006-01-19

Well, I started with Linux 1996. Back then it was not really usable for me, just a hobby, because the applications available were not satisfying.

No WYSIWYG Office, no CAD, no decent graphical file management, ...

1998 I had Word Perfect and KDE and Netscape, so I could do most of my daily tasks in Linux. For things I could not do on Linux, I still had Windows.

As the Linux desktop matured, I gradually moved one task after the other over to Linux, now I am using Windows only for playing games, and even that becomes less and less necessary.

MY year of the desktop was 1998 or 1999, that were the years when I tarted to dominantly use Linux.

Nowadays, the year of the Linux desktop is not so much a question of "are the applications available", but rather "am I interested enough to learn it".

Most people COULD use Linux as a Desktop, but these same people also COULD use Windows. Nowadays they mostly use Windows not because Windows is much better, but because Windows is good enough, they can get MS Office Professional and Corel Photoshop on the black market gratis, and because it comes pre-installed with their machine.

I once made a list of software I regularly use on my Linux machine, and calculated the costs if I had to buy equivalent proprietary software in the shop. Even if I take the cheapest software available, I would still end up with approximately 4000$ for software. Thats 3-4 times a decent new hardware!
And with a Linux distribution this all comes either gratis, or for the price of 300$ (if you insist on getting support).
I hope that the new DRM features of Vista will get widely used by the software manufacturers to prevent pirating. That would drive the people towards Open Source Software, and lots of them would go and install Linux.

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