Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Thu 21st Aug 2008 23:44 UTC
Linux "Where is Linux the most popular, and where are the different Linux distributions the most popular?". Pingdom has taken a stab at answering this question using the Google Insights for Search. Read on for our observations on the results.
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RE[3]: Remember folks
by tupp on Sat 23rd Aug 2008 20:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Remember folks"
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Maybe you can learn what a damn example is before posting off snarky posts - or are you always this rude?

No intention to be rude. The OSX example just seems rather abrupt and appears to be a non sequitur.

The end user makes no differentiation between the hardware and software, They see a big magical machine consuming electricity that does stuff for them. Join the real world one day and you'll see what the sheeple do.

Sounds like a very cynical underestimation of the typical end user.

Of course Mr Alpha Male, chest beater - real men don't eat quiche

I wish that all women would see me that way.

Linux offers a lot that proprietary OSs don't, and most who try to switch will miss those Linux advantages.
And what advantages are these?

Off the top of my head:
- choice (in OS version, configuration, applications, type of UI, etc.);
- instant/speedy boot (with Splashtop, and/or open-source BIOSes, and/or optimized init systems);
- convenient package managers, with thousands of apps and no registration/waiting;
- no cost;
- no DRM;
- no "kill" switches nor artificial restrictions motivated by greed;
- no waiting in line for an inadequate product;
- quick bug fixes;
- no outdated hardware (light-weight versions);
- no regular payments for updates;
- LiveCDs/DVDs, with multisession capability;
- ability to modify the source code;
- cutting edge features, yielded from freedom to experiment;
- speedy installs (Sidux asks about 4 questions and takes 7 minutes;
- etc.

So they should stay in a cardboard box in otherwords, "don't raise your expctations, just keep them really low so that I have my ego regular massaged by the number of Linux users".

No. As I said, the cardboard box analogy is faulty. Linux already has superior, world-class software, and the potential of future Linux software is greater than that of OSX and Windows. Linux expectations are much higher than those of other OSs.

I've always said they shouldn't waste their time on the low end of town, just as I've said that the 'race to the bottom' in the PC industry is hurting more than it is helping the over all IT industry.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

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