Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Jul 2007 16:01 UTC, submitted by SEJeff
Linux After years of being relegated to server racks and the desktops of ultrageeks, Linux is finally making some headway as a viable alternative to Windows on the consumer desktop. That's the optimistic message delivered by a newly energized contingent of Linux proponents. By employing the same consumer-friendly marketing techniques practiced by Microsoft, and by taking advantage of the rising popularity of web-based applications, Linux vendors are getting ready for what they say will be a wave of consumer interest in the free operating system.
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RE: This again?
by butters on Fri 27th Jul 2007 02:52 UTC in reply to "This again?"
butters
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2005-07-08

I'll know when Linux has arrived when there'll be drivers and a quick start guide in there for Linux and My co-workers start talking about Linux

I agree. So how will these conditions come about? Should the Linux community self-impose (somehow) a moratorium on Linux advocacy in order to lower expectations? Or should we take every opportunity we have to inject the word "Linux" into the public consciousness? Somewhere in between?

I agree with maddog that volume is the central impediment to desktop Linux. So we should turn up the volume, right? OK, not the same kind of volume, but if the average Linux user is "louder" than the average Windows user, then maybe ISVs and IHVs will perceive more volume.

All we can do is keep developing the software and keep telling people about it. Everything else is out of our control. Eventually a few key players will jump on board, and while there may never be a proverbial "year of desktop Linux," there will be a point where most of the industry begins to support Linux as a first-class platform.

Somehow, I don't think that subtlety will work in our favor. I'm sure that some people have had bad experiences with Linux in the past. But a lot more people are having good experiences today, and every time we make a positive impression, we gain one more person that tells their skeptical friends that Linux is easy, useful, and fun.

We're not going to change minds by keeping people away from Linux. We can only move public opinion by exposing people to Linux.

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RE[2]: This again?
by WorknMan on Fri 27th Jul 2007 15:32 in reply to "RE: This again?"
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2005-11-13

I agree. So how will these conditions come about? Should the Linux community self-impose (somehow) a moratorium on Linux advocacy in order to lower expectations? Or should we take every opportunity we have to inject the word "Linux" into the public consciousness? Somewhere in between?

I'm not saying that you shouldn't talk about it, but I am saying that the Linux community as a whole need to make more of a concerted effort to be honest about it's strengths, as well as its weaknesses.
For the time being, people who are making the switch need to know about the benefits, but also need to be told that most likely, the switch at this time won't be an easy one and there will be some amount of pain involved in switching. While some will be honest about this, others will tell that it's so easy to use, even your grandma could set it up. This is not the kind of expectation you want to give a user considering making the switch. While it might tip the balance in favor of the person actually trying Linux, it also sets them up for disappointment when they start running into problems they originally did not anticipate.

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