Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Jul 2006 20:55 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Linux The Linux world's very own version of Paul Thurrot, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, lists 5 things Linux can learn from... Microsoft. "Linux does a lot of things right - open-source, security, reliability - but it's far from perfect. In fact, Linux and its vendors could stand to learn a few things from Microsoft. Yes, Microsoft. Like what? Here's my list of the top five things that Linux could learn from Microsoft." Next thing you'll know we'll have Apple switching to Intel and... Oh, wait.
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by darkcoder on Sat 22nd Jul 2006 20:04 UTC
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The article editor has some good points.

1. MSDN. While it provide the best for subscribers, there is a lot available free like SDK's, samples, documentation, and other. While Linux provide a lot of documentation on the net, sometimes is very difficult to find it. Distributions and OSS projects should join forces in creating a common site to handle that, and also allow users contributions.

2. Common Interface -> More difficult to do than #1. Each OSS project provides it's own vision and it's way to implement it. That's the flexibility Linux provide. Providing a common interface force a special look to most people. IMHO the common interface is a distribution job instead of each project like Enlightenment. Mac OS X do not provide the same look & feel or common interface than Windows. Does it affect them somehow?

3. While MS Office is the mayor office suite, flawless compatibility with its file format is a must. When WordPerfect, and Lotus 123 where the champions, Microsoft provide import filters in it's office suite. Simple, if you are not compatible, you will not be able to penetrate the market.

4. Marketing is also difficult, specially for the Free projects like Debian, Gentoo. The big corporate ones like Novell, Redhat can try, but it will take a lot of resources and probably the gains will not be that significant.

5. OEM support depend on us. If a hardware do not work on Linux, either reverse engineer the driver (takes time), or simple spread the word in the net to simple do not buy that, and go another route.

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