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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A good and honest article
by Serenak on Thu 8th Mar 2007 01:14 UTC
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I thought this one of the best "switching" articles I have read either here or many other places in a long time. In fact the sort of article we really do need more of.

I am a long time Mac user and a relative n00b on Linux but have tinkered with Kubuntu, Xandros OCE, Freespire, DSL, PC-BSD and one of my favourites a lesser distro called Ark.

I think this was a very fair and honest article addressing real world problems the average "OK I've finally had it with MS, I'm gonna try this Linux thing" switcher might come up against. Vista and MS were not bashed and I think in the context of the article the "bad points" raised were pretty much all valid.

The biggest thing I see happening over the last couple of years is that even "hardcore" Wintel PC magazines and websites mentions of Linux are no longer relegated to the "loony fringe" pages but often discussed openly as "not necessarily for beginners" but positioned in "if you do not use your PC primarily as a gaming box or rely on proprietory software packages might well be something to look into" territory...

Sure a lot of people spout about shedding Windows and don't do it - but the very fact that consumer awareness of alternatives to the MS monopoly OS is slowly reaching out to these people is a HUGE improvement...

Remember the Win95 and 98 launches? Huge advertising, people queueing all night to get a box to rush home and install? By comparison Vista is a huge "damp squib". Don't get down hearted though geeks, the "Evil Empire" will still shift millions of copies of Vista as OEMs roll out the new boxes with Vista pre installed. But even so people are beginning to look around and wonder "does my computer have to be like this?" so we can both feel good about getting more converts AND still have an "Evil Empire" to bash!

Linux year of the desktop is an irrelevance - but it is now ready and capable enough for a lot of Mom & Pop users who want e-mail, surfing, WP, IM, IRC, and the ability to use their digital camera etc.

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