Linked by Martin Girard on Tue 12th Sep 2006 13:57 UTC
Linux You must remember the period where various electronic devices, from phones to radios, were available in transparent cases. You may have found them utterly cool. Yet the simple fact that you can't find these things on the shelves anymore (except for do-it-yourself PC cases) means the crowd doesn't find them nearly that cool. While you may not see the link yet, this is exactly why the Linux desktop will never be popular.
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You seem confused
by Vanders on Tue 12th Sep 2006 14:27 UTC
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The author starts to talk about Linux, then changes into "Open Source" about half way through the article. Which is it? The last paragraph:

"Get real: the Linux desktop has been designed and implemented by technology enthusiasts, for technology enthusiasts. If they were to seriously try to make it appealing to the masses, the effort would collapse halfway because they would be dismayed by the result. My take is that things are just fine the way they are, and the Linux desktop for Dummies an utopia."

How do you explain projects such as Syllable, Haiku or (to a lesser extent, as it is not Open Source) SkyOS? Geeks are not incapable of understanding and appreciating some of the issues you point out.

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