Linked by David Adams on Tue 4th Dec 2007 19:39 UTC, submitted by michuk
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "It may be a brave opinion but I predict that Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista are going to be the two operating systems that will take over the largest chunk of the desktop OS market during the next couple of years. This comparison is based on my experience with both systems during the last couple of weeks on two different computers."
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Sabon
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2005-07-06

"It may be a brave opinion but I predict that Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista are going to be the two operating systems that will take over the largest chunk of the desktop OS market during the next couple of years."

It must be nice to be so naive.

Simply put, Microsoft controls the distribution channels to the general public. Don't believe me? Ok, walk into any major or minor store that sells Windows computers and tell me if you see any Linux computers for sale in a prime area of the store. How about back in a corner? What? You can't find them there either?

You may point out white box stores but these don't count. Hardly any "average" computer users go to these.

What about the internet? I'm laughing hard right now. Average people DO NOT buy computers with operating systems they have never used before, over the internet. Ok. maybe 1/10th of 1 percent do. But that isn't going to get Linux 30% of the market.

The ONLY way that Linux is going to gain significant market share will be for LINUX stores (like Apple stores) to open. Then there will have to be Linux ads on TV showing how Linux is like Windows but better.

Before that happens though. I agree with people above that say that the need to use the command line for *** anything *** needs to be FIXED. Average people do NOT use the command line and will not learn it. PERIOD.

Due to that, Linux is not ready for prime time. Sorry but that is the basic facts.

I use Apple computers and have tried Linux several times. I've used over 50 PC operating systems since 1981 (that even close to all of them) so I'm very used to having to use command prompts and lots of different tricks to work with OSs. Linux is getting there. It isn't there yet. Keep up the good work Linux developers.

My hope is that MS isn't destroyed but ends up with less than 50% market share. That I think, would hurt Bill Gates feelings more than his company dying.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Ok, walk into any major or minor store that sells Windows computers and tell me if you see any Linux computers for sale in a prime area of the store. How about back in a corner? What? You can't find them there either?


http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=7754614

The ONLY way that Linux is going to gain significant market share will be for LINUX stores (like Apple stores) to open.


http://www.system76.com/

Well, it is a start anyway.

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cyclops Member since:
2006-03-12

""agree with people above that say that the need to use the command line for *** anything *** ""

When!? give! I'll reply to *each* of your examples while I'm fixing the registry. And fixing a machine with a virus checker or doing one of those clean installs. *giggle* ;)

Edited 2007-12-05 00:20

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cyclops Member since:
2006-03-12

""Average people DO NOT buy computers with operating systems they have never used before, over the internet""

I re-read this bit, what interesting is *Average* people did not buy anything over the internet two years ago.

""Linux ads on TV"" you mean like those by IBM. Although I've got to say Linux awareness grows every year.


""basic facts""

lol

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