Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 19:59 UTC
Linux "Windows Vista brings with it a new era of DRM and restrictive license agreements that aren't going to sit well with even your basic power user and some are looking for an escape route. These changes are making some users question their commitment to Microsoft. The obvious step is to make the leap to Linux. But what's holding people back from escaping Microsoft's shackles and moving to a free, easy platform? My guess is that the platform isn't everything. In fact, it's only a small part of the equation."
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hauger
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2005-12-05

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How dumb is the "average user" he refers to? Is this user unable to use something like YaST or Google? Someone who is that dumb should not own a computer.


Me thinks that's the author's point about the attitude of linux users.

Regardless as to how "easy" something is to use, Joe Sixpack is used to walking into CompuSuperMcStore and buying Softwarepackage X 14.3. He is not used to firing up YaST or Synaptic or any package manager and asking it to go grab something. Further, he isn't used to surfing though google and looking at message postings looking for how exactly to download and install that codec to be able to watch that video clip that his friend sent him on hotmail.

Calling him dumb or stupid for not wanting to spend his leisure time learning a new method to interact with a machine he bought and paid for is ignorant and short sighted and exactly what off puts people from trying.

Edited 2006-11-04 05:50

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someone Member since:
2006-01-12

Further, he isn't used to surfing though google and looking at message postings looking for how exactly to download and install that codec to be able to watch that video clip that his friend sent him on hotmail.

The "average user" doesn't even need Google/Forums/IRC/whatever. On Ubuntu, they have a Add/Delete program utility, which allows them to install/uninstall the most popular linux applications with a single click. This utility will also allow them to install ugly codecs, Flash, Java etc.

So it is arguable easier to obtain and install software packages on linux than it is on Windows. (and we haven't got to the infamous dll hell yet...)

As for:

Regardless as to how "easy" something is to use, Joe Sixpack is used to walking into CompuSuperMcStore and buying Softwarepackage X 14.3

Most Joe users just use whatever comes with their computer/installed by their friends/family. If they need anything else, they will likely consult these people first (at which point they will told how it only take one click for them to get whatever they want, for free).

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Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

"Most Joe users just use whatever comes with their computer/installed by their friends/family. If they need anything else, they will likely consult these people first (at which point they will told how it only take one click for them to get whatever they want, for free)."

I can confirm this (regarding Germany). The friends consulted often download stuff from the Internet, install it, and leave "Joe User" alone. Because we know that 90% of the computer problems begin between chair and screen, they'll be in trouble soon.

I think a good thing about Linux is: The average "Joe User" cannot damage the base system. It he crapped up all his stuff, an "adduser" will return the system to be usable for him. :-)

At least in Germany the "SuperBigSoftwareMarketStoreShop" isn't of much interest to the average (home) users. Most people load their software from the Internet (to be correct: from the WWW) and don't even care if this is legal or illegal. "I want to have the same pictures at home as I have them at work." ("Pictures" refers to icons and, furthermore, to the complete GUI setting.) They don't care if they need it or what they could do with it - they just want to have it.

So you're right. And for the conclusion: If there would e a "standard Linux distribution" as mentioned before that comes pre-installed on PCs you can buy in a shop or order from your local dealer, that would be a way for Linux to get more acceptance and a higher market share.

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