Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 22nd May 2007 00:12 UTC, submitted by Jon Dough
Linux Why is it that the average computer user still chooses to spend hundreds of dollars on Windows or Mac when there are countless Linux alternatives that they could download, install and make use of completely free of charge? Some answers here.
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by budword on Tue 22nd May 2007 01:04 UTC
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that the average user is too stupid to use linux. Thanks for the info.

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Dekkard Member since:

God, I'm so glad someone said that.. I would also add to that "too lazy".

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RawMustard Member since:

Yep and it shows throughout society, most are too stupid to even know how their apathetic actions are screwing their lives over more and more every day. I don't understand why so many like the writer cares so much about the state of Linux? Did he just clear the sleep from his eyes and see there was greener grass on the otherside perhaps? Ah - but the grass was too coarse for his liking. Well - he could always roll up his sleaves and help make the grass softer ;)

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jayson.knight Member since:

"that the average user is too stupid to use linux. Thanks for the info."

That is 100% incorrect. The average user doesn't care that much about computers. They'd rather be spending time with friends, or playing sports, or walking their dog. The average user has about a 30 minute attention span. If a task takes longer than that, they will move on without ever looking back.

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budword Member since:

Just for the record, I didn't say windows users are too stupid to use linux. The author of the article did, IMHO. (I think that's a load of crap. Anyone can learn linux, if they decide to.) I have to help friends and family with their windows problems constantly, despite the fact I almost never run windows. I have converted a few people, but not even half really. My frustration is that these people run into the same problems repeatedly, problems they just wouldn't have, (and the converts don't have) when running Kubuntu, I have to fix things, just because they won't bother to learn anything new, even new windows type things. I never said I was as bright as a doctor, or even a machanic, but I do make sure I know where the brake is before I get behind the wheel of a car. I do read the manual when I buy a new camera, or download a manual or guide if I buy an old or used camera. (Wanted a non-life threatening example for a fair comparison, with a computer.) Anyway, if you use a piece of tech, you have an obligation to bother to learn how to use it, before you complain. If a few more people just bothered to learn how to use linux my life at least would be a little easier. Now play nice ladys.

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ichi Member since:

You don't really have to care about computers.
Evaluating alternatives can take some time, and switching definitely takes some work, but if it saves time on the long term then it might be worth anyway.

Of course I'd rather spend time with my friends and family, or making some noise with my band. That's precisely why I'm using linux.

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tomcat Member since:

that the average user is too stupid to use linux. Thanks for the info.

No. You completely misunderstood the article, which mirrors the Linux community's lack of understanding of average Windows users. He didn't say that the average user is too stupid. What he said is that (1) users, by and large, like Windows, (2) there are too many Linux distros, (3) hardware and software support is spotty, (4) the command-line is dead, and (5) Linux is the province of geeks. Nowhere did he say or imply that users are too stupid.

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