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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I don't think it is change...
by NeoX on Wed 13th Feb 2008 01:25 UTC
NeoX
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I am not buying the people are afraid of change bit. It is not about change as much as it is about expecting certain things. Let's face it, it is a no brainer to install software on a Mac or a Windows PC. The same can't be said for Linux. Here is one example: VMware tools. For a VM guest running windows you simply choose install tools from the VM menu. On the Guest Windows os, autorun starts and you follow the simple prompts. Now try this in an Ubuntu guest. You get a window with a couple different packages, one of which does not work in Ubuntu. There is no double-click this to install and most desktop users would throw their hands up and call their IT guy.

Make things truly easy in the Linux world and you would have a winner. I hate to say it but if someone would make things as easy as it is on OSX with drag and drop installs or a standardized installer format then you would get further...

Just my thoughts having used all three of these OS's.

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