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: No Standardization
by earlycj5 on Wed 13th Feb 2008 02:20 UTC in reply to "No Standardization"
earlycj5
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2007-04-12

Hmm, I think you're onto something there with the users.

Currently users with very few special needs are able to edit spreadsheets and documents, e-mail, chat, look at pictures, etc. on the web.

Intermediate users often want more advanced apps that may not be supported on a Linux platform and unwilling or not knowledgeable enough to look for alternatives.

Then there are the advanced users like you stated. We are comfortable installing a new OS (Windows or Linux) we know how much RAM our computer has, what an OS is, etc.

So in short, yes, I agree.

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