Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 1st Apr 2006 15:49 UTC, submitted by Jane Walker
Linux As Novell re-introduces its Linux desktop, more open source advocates are beginning to believe that the call for widespread Linux desktop adoption is leaving the realm of zealotry and entering the mainstream. Whether this will be a watershed moment for the Linux desktop remains to be seen but, already, advocates for the open source OS are clamoring to explain why now - not in times past - the moment is right for enterprise-level corporations to begin migrating to Linux.
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RE: A problem of mindset
by kaiwai on Sun 2nd Apr 2006 03:36 UTC in reply to "A problem of mindset"
kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

Linux is ready for the desktop. Try Ubuntu for instance. The problem is that people prefer sticking to what works for them, they don't see why open-source matters, and they don't want to try another system. It's gonna take time for things to change, this involves a lot of work installing Linux on computers, talking with people, explaining, giving support, not leaving people alone with Linux when they have problems, etc..

Personally, if Linux is going to take a signficant share of the desktop space, the first thing that needs to be dropped from the market agenda is this 'freedom' and 'opensource' - maybe for the amatuer philosopher out there, they might find the whole thing interesting, but for the end user, they couldn't possible care less.

What is even more urgent are more commercial software vendors from the big names like MYOB, Quicken, Corel etc. Until that occurs, Joe and Jane user will be confused, they want to go down to the local software shop and purchase a boxed product off the shelf and know that they can get support, its from a reputable company and that they also know they'll get updates.

As for Novell, for them to take the corporate desktop, they also need to target the end user with something equalling Microsofts Select licencing, which allows employees to use the same software licenced at their work place at home - get the corporate desktop, and the end users will follow; and when the end users follow, companies will wake up, unhook themselves from the opiate enduced haze of Microsoft marketing, and start using some of those profits to port their software to Linux.

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Angel--Fr@gzill@ Member since:
2005-12-23

!!!

"Personally, if Linux is going to take a signficant share of the desktop space, the first thing that needs to be dropped from the market agenda is this 'freedom' and 'opensource' - maybe for the amatuer philosopher out there, they might find the whole thing interesting, but for the end user, they couldn't possible care less"

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Guy... You do not get it!

If it was not for the 'freedom' and 'opensource', Linux (and all the free OSs and Free-openSource software) would not be where it is now...
It would not exist, to start with!

This progress has been made by people who believe in that. If not, they would not have make it, and Linux distros would not exist!

If many of this software had had to be paid out of the pocket of corporations, it would have never been programmed. They would not have wanted to, in first place. And in second place, firms need financial 'motivation' and to generate revenues to ceate or maintain a product. At least in the current socioeconomic model in which most of us live now.

Even if you find people with the talent to program, something commercial, that is good, but is not the main stream software, you have scarce possibilities of sucess. Remember BeOS ?

Linux, BSD, OpenSource software etc. is where it is, thanks to the 'freedom' and 'opensource'!
(well, BSD a little bit less because of that, and a little bit more because is the Operating System that JesusChrist uses himself... ;) )!

There will be time so people and companies try to corrupt and rotten it ....
But let it success in the right way first, and let's see who win in the future...

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Edited 2006-04-02 11:19

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RE[3]: A problem of mindset
by kaiwai on Sun 2nd Apr 2006 12:42 in reply to "RE[2]: A problem of mindset"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Babe, how about reading my reply before firing off a post; we're marketing a product to the end user, from the end users perspective, they couldn't give a shit about freedom, source code or any of the philosophical or technical justifications.

An end user purchases software so they can do practical things with their computer, not because of some overwhelming urge or aultrusitic motives relating to some philosophical idea developed by Stallman and his fanbase.

As 'marketers' we need to promote the positive things of Linux - hell, I've been using Fedora for the past few days and I can come up with some good things - clean, and easy to use GUI, quality bundled applications, easy updating application which actually works rather than in the case of Windows update, which freezes the whole browser because Microsoft pushes out some half baked ActiveX update module.

I could go on and on about the really cool things that end users would be interested in, but rather than that, we have people, devoid of human relations skills pushing software in a way that would make the most tolerant person become quickly board and disinterested.

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