Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2007 18:05 UTC, submitted by Luis
Linux Complaining about Windows Vista is a national past time on Internet forums these days. Windows Vista 'costs too much', 'has onerous product activation', 'requires too much hardware', etc. These complaints are often followed up by a very simple boast: 'I'm just going to switch to Linux'. But in today's landscape, how viable is that statment? Is the threat to switch to Linux an empty one, or is it entirely possible?"
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Courage to be an Individual
by yoursecretninja on Wed 7th Mar 2007 19:05 UTC
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I will not attempt to speak for everyone, but in my personal experience one barrier to using 'alternative' operating systems is the fear of being different - or - quite similarly, the lust to have what everyone else has. I remember when I was about 12 years old I had a Mac running System 7. I had this computer for a few years by this time and had loved it. However, around this age, all of my friends' families starting getting PCs with cool games like Doom, the neat IE web browser and newer versions of ICQ than were available for my 68k machine. How I yearned for a PC. Unfortunately, I didn't have the money to buy a PC myself, so I lived with my Mac for more years as it got older and older. When I finally got a PC, I was happy that I had what everyone else had.. that I could play the same games, use the same apps. Of course, I no longer care about what others are doing. I use my computer for what I need to get done, and for this reason I prefer Mac and Linux as my OS. But I think other people may be a little like how I used to be - they do not realize what they need a computer to do, but they think they need their computer to do what other people use their computer to do. And since most other people use windows, they think they need windows.

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