Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Sep 2006 15:56 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes A common heard question in the operating systems world is, 'if the alternatives to Windows are so much better, why aren't people en masse switching to them?' People come up with all sorts of answers to this question, but in fact, the social psychology world already has a fairly simple answer to this question. This answer also happens to actually explain why Zeta sold so well through the usually superficial television retail channel.
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Let's start with motivation.
by Invincible Cow on Tue 26th Sep 2006 17:57 UTC
Invincible Cow
Member since:
2006-06-24

> Let's start with motivation.
Let's start with hardware and software support.
My computer is not usable with Linux.
My favourite program does not run well on Linux (even in Wine).
My favourite web browser does not run well on Linux.

It's this simple: If you want me to use an operating system it must run on my computer and it must run programs capable of performing the tasks I want to perform.

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RE: Let's start with motivation.
by Coxy on Tue 26th Sep 2006 19:13 in reply to "Let's start with motivation."
Coxy Member since:
2006-07-01

Hear, hear

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truckweb Member since:
2005-07-06

You're right on the mark.

Because when you're switching OS, you're not only learning a new OS, you have to find and learn all the replacement softwares you had under Windows.

And if you are REALLY switching, you should not use Wine... Why running unstable (because of Wine) Windows apps under Linux?

So you need a big motivation in order to change OS and learn a bunch of new softwares... And in this world, that means you really need to HATE Windows to the bones in order to switch...

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