Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 21st Aug 2005 14:40 UTC, submitted by mlauzon
Linux "10 days? Well that hardly sounds hard enough! Sure, it doesn't sound so hard but take in account that over 500 million of us use a Windows OS at least once, everyday of the week and you too will see that going cold turkey from XP to KDE might be harder or more limiting than first thought."
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I don't understand the problem...
by DoctorPepper on Sun 21st Aug 2005 20:50 UTC
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I work on Windows 2000 all day. I use Debian on my Linux workstation and servers, have a dual-boot Windows XP and Debian notebook, and use an Apple iMac with OSX as well. I have no problems switching between these operating systems, and I would suspect there are a whole lot of folks out there, using different OS's each and every day, with no problems switching between them.

While I can see that a person new to Linux would have a bit of difficulty adjusting to using it on the desktop, most of those same people had a tremendous difficulty adjusting from Windows 3.1 to Windows 9X, and from Windows 9X to XP. Once you get used to a particular desktop, using it on a daily basis, switching to something else is always traumatic and requires a bit of time to get used to. The more you do it, the easier it gets.

My wife, who is hardly a computer "jock" made the transition from Windows 98 to Mandrake Linux on the desktop back in 2000, then over to OSX in 2002, with minimal difficulties. Yes, I was there to help when she ran in to problems, but she did learn the systems in record time.

People, especially the media "pundits" are making a mountain out of a mole-hill, just to pull more people over to their sites to read their tripe. It just isn't that difficult of a task to switch desktop environments.

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