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