Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 17:45 UTC
X11, Window Managers Apparently, my article a few days ago caused a bigger stir than I had anticipated, not at all unrelated to the fact that my wordings may not have been optimal. So, let me clarify things a bit.
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Thom's cool
by Mathman on Sun 24th Dec 2006 09:55 UTC
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Thom's cool. I mean, you gotta give the guy points for trying at least. Heck, I gotta give all the osnews guys credit for making this site. Of course it pretty much sucks having your rear handed to you by a hard core kde dev. That was brutal.

KDE and Gnome and Mac and whatever else flamewars aside, my take on the matter, all I can say is Linux and various other operating systems are odd. It's hard sometimes for me to understand why more people aren't using them. For one thing, the stuff is free for the most part. And no I don't mean free as in you can get the source code or whatever, not that source code isn't nice mind you, I'll kinda get to that later, no I just mean free.

Thinking it over, I can come to two conclusions as to why people don't run OS's like Linux. One, lots and lots of people pirate Windows and Windows applications. And two, most people don't care all that much about their computers.

Now, this isn't to say most people wouldn't purchase Windows and various other software if they were forced to. But then not all of them would, and however minor this effect might be it certainly couldn't hurt the adoption of alternative operating systems.

As for my second point, just knowing how to take decent care of a Windows system is hard enough. Linux, at this point in time, is arguably even harder. Granted it's cake for me at this point, but I'm somewhat nuts like that. But then there you go. Some of us are so in need of customization (or paranoid might fit too) that we do crazy things like run Linux. Linux pretty much gives us total control over our hardware and the software that runs on top of it. All you want is an Openmosix kernel, a shell, and a custom init script you say? Not a problem. A little router? A place to store backups? An ultra secure logging and monitoring machine? You got it.

Again, it's hard for me to understand why people don't use Linux more. But then yeah, not everyone is like me I guess.

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