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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People still buy Macs and Vista. Vista is ugly, unfriendly and restrict people like any previous version of Windows. And if Vista did not manage to get masses to the Linux - nothing will get them there. Accept it. People prefer to buy Windows, than to get Linux for free and loose their hair trying using it.

People get Vista because that is all that there is to buy in the store. The salesman will offer them nothing else.

Fortunately, that is beginning to change slowly:

And do not tell me about that grannies of yours, who "cannot see the difference at all".

Why not mention it? I recently installed PCLinuxOS & DSL on two different laptops for "grannies" neither of whom had used Windows before. Neither is having much trouble ... certainly no more than if I had installed Windows instead. One is writing a novel (her life story) and the other has ventured on to the Internet and is doing Internet banking and e-mail. Neither one had the budget for full-blown MS Office and Windows, and one can pick up second-hand laptop hardware (which will run Linux just fine) for a few hundred bucks total outlay.

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