Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 22:07 UTC
Linux With Linux on the desktop going from a slow crawl to verging on an explosion, many have toiled with the question: How do we make this happen faster? A well-known Austin-based Linux Advocate thinks he has the answer.
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TechGeek
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2006-01-14

Regardless who agrees upon what... its evident that whatever is happening now is clearly not helping to bring Linux and other FOSS platforms to the masses.


Actually, Linux has started to come to the masses. Classmate PC, OLPC, Asus Eee, and several other sub notebooks are now shipping with Linux. THen there is Dell shipping Linux and hitting expected numbers. But everyone could offer Linux and that isnt the answer. The real answer is in convenience. We have to make Linux look more convenient than Windows. 90% of the people with a computer couldnt tell you the difference between the computer and the monitor. THey cant install software or anything else. What they can do is get infected by spyware and make their system unusable. What a company needs to offer is a machine with Linux already set up to do all the things that the average person does on Windows. Email, surfing, music, videos. Give them a rock solid box set up as an appliance and you will get mass adoption. People are tired of paying techs to rebuild their computer every 6-12 months when the latest malware renders it a bot.

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polaris20 Member since:
2005-07-06

The answer is not simple. Tell a home user that they can't install a certain game on Linux, or a particular Windows-only app.

Tell a business that they can't install their particular industry-specific package on it.

End of the road.

What's needed is to get these software companies to port to Linux on a much larger scale. If people can have their apps on Linux, I really don't think they'd care what OS they were on.

People use applications.....their applications. That's what has to be remembered when discussing the "Year of the Linux Desktop".

Unfortunately there's little to nothing the FOSS community can do to change whether or not an app is ported to Linux. That's up to the companies in question. And no, WINE is not the solution.

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Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, then you tell the user there's no need to install X Windows app, much less buy it in the first place for that matter, since an equivalent OSS app is available *totally free of charge*. I doubt they'll be too upset by that news. (Unless of course they already bought the app, but hey, you've got to get off the treadmill sometime, hard as it might be).

Of course, this might not be able to apply to parents of children who really want *that Windows game that everyone has* (unless you can maybe get it working under Cedega or something) but for the rest of the population, it should be just fine.

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