Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 30th Jun 2006 19:19 UTC, submitted by Yadav Ji
Linux "Over the years, I've had a number of people asking me what I believe the problem was with further migration over to Linux by the public at large. To be frank, I don't believe that there is a simple answer to this. To me, there are a number of factors that play a role in keeping Linux out of the mainstream limelight" writes Matt Hartley in his opinion piece.
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My experiences continued
by Coxy on Sat 1st Jul 2006 21:15 UTC
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... My next problem was the fonts, they were all blocky and not smooth at all. I gave up on trying to fix that, the 'fix' that I discovered after searching the net was just to time consuming for me to try. I won't even begin trying to tell you my problems setting up my zip disc or the printer... Then I discovered that the software equivelants were really just pale immitations and couldn't let me work. After one week spent trying to use Linux I gave up.

I'm now living and working in Germany. Sometimes I'm interested in trying Linux again (I guess I can't believe that an 80 year old spinster in Kansas is better at using computers than me!)

I often read that OSS is great because it's cross platfrom. As a 'normal' computer user, using Windows, this means crao to me... I'm not interested in using an app that's sole benefit is that I can use it in Mac OS, Windows and Linux. I'm not interested in 'learning to use an OS' as I'm often told in comments here that I must if I want to use Linux... comments like this make me think back to the EE department and the geeks there on the computers - with 24 hours a day to sit in front of their computers. I'm married now and have children, I get just a few hours a day to work... learning how to re-build the kernel or compile a programme from source is not very high on my list of priorities. I just need things to work and more importantly be able to work. For this the software needs to be there, an it isn't not in Linux. The argument that Linux is more stable is as far as I can see is bollocks. I experienced crashes and problems all the time, Everyone claims there computer is crash free, I know plenty of windows users that their windows never crashes either.

I like the posts by RGCook and Sabon, they were great. As a windows user who tried Linux I agree with them, a shame Die hard Linux users seem to deny there are any problems with Linux. I think the biggest problem with Linux is that the people who use it and who write the programmes don't actually live in the real world, they live in a world where people spend 20 hours a day in front of a computer. I guess after 20 hours a day in front of a computer Linux is pretty easy, but how many people in the real world have that kind of time. I guess we can just add up all the Programming students in the world -;) and all the 80 year old aunts, and all those six year old kids that seem to be nephews of the Aunts, they also seem to be able use Linux (if posters here are to be believed) and can rebuild the linux kernel in the time it takes me to look up what an IP address is in google - amazing. When my step son was 6 he could hardly even use the mouse or switch the computer on.

I may try Linux again in the future, maybe Ubunto, everyone seems to go crazy over it. I think first though, issues raised in the article 'Why Linux Has Failed Most Beginners' need to be fixed. Just my views.

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