Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Feb 2006 18:07 UTC, submitted by Peter Parker
Microsoft "Microsoft may not make flawless software, but its proprietary strategy is hard to fault. In particular, Microsoft has mastered desktop lock-in, undermining users' confidence in any alternatives and creating a slew of minor difficulties that irritate those who do switch. Two themes dominate the stories I hear about the tribulations of using and adopting non-Microsoft business desktops: the difficulty in finding compatible hardware and the stranglehold Microsoft Word has on users. In the last week, IT pros have shared their experiences with these two adoption inhibitors. They're representative of other stories I've heard."
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RE: Two ways ...
by WorknMan on Thu 9th Feb 2006 19:15 UTC in reply to "Two ways ..."
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1. Political wars between projects. Stop duplicating efforts, and just get your act together to make a few really awesome pieces of software. The KDE/GNOME war is just one of these.

Agree here. Linux could easily overtake Microsoft if all of its developers would put their collective minds together and come up a unified and cohesive desktop experience for the end user.
But they seem have no vision at all, so the whole thing is splintered in 1,0000,000 directions. This isn't necessarily a bad thing (as many people will tell you, choice is a good thing), but it's a little short-sighted I think to blame Microsoft for issues that are mostly your own. If you really want to convert the masses, why not come together and put together a better mousetrap instead of bitching and whinning about what MS is or is not doing?

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