Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Feb 2008 21:32 UTC, submitted by Flatland_Spider
Linux The Linux Foundation has posted the second half of its long and thorough interview with Linux founder Linus Torvalds, part of the Foundation's 'open voices' podcast. While the first part of the interview focused on the Linux development community, this time Torvalds sounds off on everything from patents and innovation to the future of Linux. According to Torvalds the reason Linux hasn't taken off is that most people are happy with the way things are. "If you act differently from Windows, even if you act in some ways better, it doesn't matter; better is worse if it's different." Torvalds also attributes much of the frustration with Windows Vista to this same idea. In other words, it's not that Vista is worse than XP, but it's different and that causes distress among users.
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RE[2]: Its true
by GhePeU on Wed 13th Feb 2008 00:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Its true"
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Pardon, that might be true if the scenario in the marketplace wasn't different. If there was an aversion to it, then how does one explain double digit growth of Apple Mac desktop and laptop shipments?


Because Apple is fashionable, and people are prepared to sacrifice comfort if they perceive that changing means presenting a different image to the world: Apple marketing manage to create the perception that buying a Mac is a statement, not just a simple purchase.

This is somewhat true for the people who switch to FOSS software for ideal reasons: they're often inclined to accept minor annoyances and glitches in a positive way.

To the contrary, the majority of Windows users don't have any feeling of "affection" for the OS, they use it but they have no conscious or unconscious reasons to put up with its problems or to tolerate a change who directly impacts on their usage patterns.

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