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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RE: Distros
by l3v1 on Tue 7th Oct 2008 12:15 UTC in reply to "Distros"
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yet still its a struggle to setup email

Thing is, they don't see that as a "problem", but they see it as a problem when it happens on i.e. Linux. Even the people who've "grown up" on Windows don't know a lot of things about Windows and its apps, they still oppose learning Linux. I've seen it happen. And it doesn't help that Linux is presented and/or perceived as being different, since they have a prejudice fully built up when they see one and they're not willing to even try anything.

Most average people are conservative in their learning habits - less bluntly: they don't want to spend time learning anything - but the computing landscape is an ever changing field. Look at how people still treat Vista (I'm speaking mostly of the UI part, that's what still confuses most average users).

I don't believe in a one size fits all OS. And I'm happy I can choose Linux. Most people don't give a damn. Thus, convincing them to use Linux is a very hard task. It's like convincing a gardener to buy your brand of shovel when he already had one for years. If it's free, that's even worse, since he'll suspect some scam. If it's better, that's no good either, since he'll say how come he's never heard of it before then. It's all just a game.

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