Linked by David Adams on Tue 4th Jan 2005 17:22 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews OSNews "sat down" with Linspire CEO Michael Robertson for a Q&A about his company's efforts as the banner-carrier for Linux-on-the-desktop. We discussed the upcoming Linux Desktop Summit in San Diego and the perceptions and realities of the obstacles to widespread desktop Linux use. Linspire also extended a special offer to OSNews readers: a free download of Linspire and a 30 day CNR subscription, so put yourself in Granny's shoes (not literally, please) and give it a try. Correction: The free offer expires on January 15.
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Linspire is right on its approach
by Hagarke on Wed 5th Jan 2005 00:50 UTC

Linspire is right on its approach towards users ...

Let me explain. I'm a programmer. You have no idea what users can do to a program. Ask them to click on something, you can be sure they double-click on it ....

Linspire is right. You do not want a user to have the choice between Open Office, KOffice and the rest. You do not want them to have a choice between KDE and Gnome.

Users are of a simple breed. They need one thing to do their stuff. Give it to them and they are happy. Don't give them two, that's one too much ....

We, geeks, need a choice between KDE and Gnome, users just need to open Word documents and change them. Everybody behind a keyboard has their destiny .....

This is where the Mac shines: 1 look, easy to use, lots of software, ...

I use both, OSX and Linux. IMHO, KDE is better than Finder, but people, please get things together and start offering a dumb user solutions instead of choices ... They come from a world where there is no choice. Typing is done in Word, calculating is done in Excel, rebooting is done in Windows ...........