Linked by Massimo Sandal on Thu 7th Jul 2005 20:14 UTC
Linux Recently in a post on my blog I argued that, despite many claims to the contrary, GNU/Linux is almost ready for the desktop. In particular, I argued that GNU/Linux is already a very good and easy desktop if people just take the time to learn its very basic differences with Windows before actually using it. Note: Don't forget to rate this article!
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Hold on
by ma_d on Fri 8th Jul 2005 01:09 UTC
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2005-06-29

The author starts out with this great argument about how Linux could very well fill a portion of the firefox niche; and I agree with that: It'd miss most of the gamers, but it could certainly get a lot of other firefox users. He describes these users as being able to perform technical tasks like installing Windows and partitioning disks.
So then why do they need Linux preinstalled? They're capable of installing it: I've known people who've done it (I usually end up helping). I would have continued from that point and argued that Linux needs a better social network: People encouraging their friends to adopt it and then helping them. To a large extent we have this, but it's not exactly happening at the pace one would dream of.

Anyway, I think one of the biggest obstacles is slowly being overcome; and that is desktop linux in the workplace. There it just works for you, because some IT guy named Jeff makes it do that; just like he does for Windows. And you have no choice but to try it. Then at some point you go and buy a PC; you ask the salesman: "We have Linux machines at work, do you sell Linux machines?"

Anyway, just in case:
sed -e 's/Linux/GNU/Linux/g'

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