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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RE[3]: Baloney
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 12th Sep 2006 14:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Baloney"
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Most people think Windows is the PC, so if you bring in an almost like Windows desktop they will use it, and if the can use it without trouble then why should they change it?

Until they see that they can't videochat woth other MSN users, until the see that the app that got sent to them by cousin Vinnie don't work, until they see the documents they get from other students and teachers render incorrectly, etc. etc.

Getting Linux on the desktop isn't as easy as it seems. It's a great system, and definitely 'ready' for normal people, but as long as there's a Windows monoculture, and everyone else is using Windows and Windows-based files, giving Linux to normal people is impossible. No matter how good the system is.

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