Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Oct 2008 10:27 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Sunday we reported on an interview with an MSI manager, who stated that internal research had shown that the return rate for the Linux version of MSI's Wind netbook was four times as high as that of the Windows XP version. He claimed that the unfamiliarity of people with Linux was the culprit. This claim sparked some serious discussion around the net, but now MSI's statement is being repeated by Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu.
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Comment by risbac
by risbac on Tue 7th Oct 2008 10:44 UTC
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People going for OSX know EXACTLY where they are going. They know they are NOT purchasing a PC, but a Mac, you can't really give this argument.

Here we are talking about people buying a very cheap computer, not really reading all the explanations, and thinking just like 99% of people "PC=Windows".

It will take time to make mentalities change... A change is painfull, always. No matter if the OS you are coming from is pure crap and the new one is pure gold, it's still a pain, and it takes time. Some people just can't put this effort and adapt. That's true for anything, not only for Linux or OS.

So is there anything really surprising in this news? To me, no. It's still good for Linux, as it's gaining new users. If someone thought that suddenly the adopt rate of Linux would explode, it's naive. Especially when a product has such a big market share that it's considered as a standard.

Let me give a very good example: how you install softwares. People used to the "Windows way" think it's the right way. Go on a website, download the file. Run it. The Linux way, with repositories is easier as long as the soft is in the repo, it's hard to deny this. Faster, safer, easier. Still, most Linux new users don't like it. It takes time to take this habit. Are they stupid to think like this? I don't think so. You can't clear 10 years of habits with an OS that easily.

Edited 2008-10-07 10:49 UTC

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