Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 22:07 UTC
Linux With Linux on the desktop going from a slow crawl to verging on an explosion, many have toiled with the question: How do we make this happen faster? A well-known Austin-based Linux Advocate thinks he has the answer.
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Does it help everyone work much better?

Nothing helps *everyone* work better. I helps some, others not.

Does it have visual appeal?

To some it does, to some it don't. Personally I find both Windows and OSX visually unappealing.

No. It's just cheaper than Windows and OSX.

That's a pretty compelling reason to most

But it also has a cost: you must learn how to use it and you risk wasting time on it in case you don't like it (let's just ignore missing software and hardware support)

So, in other words, it's exactly the same as any other change in your life?

Seriously, from a user-experience point of view, Linux doesn't add any value to my life and work (maybe you like exploring geeky stuff, but many people don't).

You != everyone. It's quite possible Linux does nothing for you but that doesn't mean it does nothing for everyone.

Bringing *computer* open-source and *computer* freedom and *computer* choice to the masses? Who cares about that apart from a few geeks?

While most probably don't care about the first two they do care about choice.

Do something that really makes a difference!

Agreed. OSS and Linux is already making a difference though, perhaps not on the radar of the masses but that's not the same as not making a difference.

Then create a paralyzing and real alternative.

It's probably not a good idea to paralyze your users.

Get rid of the folders and files concept and use semantic technologies [2]

That's exactly what some OSS and Linux projects are doing. You might have noticed the "Mandriva" logo on the Nepomuk site.

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