Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2007 18:05 UTC, submitted by Luis
Linux Complaining about Windows Vista is a national past time on Internet forums these days. Windows Vista 'costs too much', 'has onerous product activation', 'requires too much hardware', etc. These complaints are often followed up by a very simple boast: 'I'm just going to switch to Linux'. But in today's landscape, how viable is that statment? Is the threat to switch to Linux an empty one, or is it entirely possible?"
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by kaiwai on Wed 7th Mar 2007 21:30 UTC in reply to "RE: You said:"
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He basically is seeing how it is for a Window user to switch to linux and use only linux for 30 days. And then posts his conclusions. it is written quite well and he makes a lot of valid good points. But he actually does not sit there and bash on windows the whole time. Of course since it is from his perspective it is a subjective article but it is a well written and balanced one.

True, hence the reason it would be stupid for people to come out and parade the one guys experience with Linux has some sort of benchmark to which all other end users will reach when switching.

You have to first have to find out why the person is moving and whether their hardware is compatible; if Windows is unstable, is it due to crap being loaded on by the halfwitted end user, or them tweaking with crap they know nothing about, is it because their hardware is plain well crap? because if the issue lies beyond Windows, then Linux will simply trip over the same problems again.

After deciding why they're going to move, they then need to lay out what they use their computer for and are they willing to give up access to all their favourite applications in favour of relearning how to do things using new applications on their new platform.

The problem is that too many people leave Windows only to come back after they realise they can no longer run their favourite card making application or play their favourite game(s) or run their favourite widget of some sort.

Its about realising the limitations of the new system, and weighing up the benefits yielded by moving vs. the work required to move both in time of installation, configuration and learning.

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