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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People don't "prefer" Vista: they just get it preloaded on the computers they buy. The difference with the recent past is that more and more people would rather get the previous version of Microsoft operating system, Windows XP, to the point that several hardware companies are trying to accomodate as best as they can.

Of course when Microsoft will eventually pull the plug on XP people won't have other choice than to "prefer" Vista, and Vista alone.


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