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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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"Explosion" ? Don't be ridiculus!
by autumnlover on Thu 24th Jan 2008 12:31 UTC
autumnlover
Member since:
2007-04-12

Few days ago I watched the documentary "Revolution OS" and when I listened to all those enthusiastic people, at first I had impression that it was filmed quite recently, not in 2000 or 2001.

Claim that most of the people suddenly switch their desktop computers to Linux and that day is "at hand" is very similar to religious believes about "end of the world" and "Armageddon" - it simply will never materialise.

People still buy Macs and Vista. Vista is ugly, unfriendly and restrict people like any previous version of Windows. And if Vista did not manage to get masses to the Linux - nothing will get them there. Accept it. People prefer to buy Windows, than to get Linux for free and loose their hair trying using it.

And do not tell me about that grannies of yours, who "cannot see the difference at all".

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

People still buy Macs and Vista. Vista is ugly, unfriendly and restrict people like any previous version of Windows. And if Vista did not manage to get masses to the Linux - nothing will get them there. Accept it. People prefer to buy Windows, than to get Linux for free and loose their hair trying using it.


People get Vista because that is all that there is to buy in the store. The salesman will offer them nothing else.

Fortunately, that is beginning to change slowly:
http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS5605271273.html

And do not tell me about that grannies of yours, who "cannot see the difference at all".


Why not mention it? I recently installed PCLinuxOS & DSL on two different laptops for "grannies" neither of whom had used Windows before. Neither is having much trouble ... certainly no more than if I had installed Windows instead. One is writing a novel (her life story) and the other has ventured on to the Internet and is doing Internet banking and e-mail. Neither one had the budget for full-blown MS Office and Windows, and one can pick up second-hand laptop hardware (which will run Linux just fine) for a few hundred bucks total outlay.

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autumnlover Member since:
2007-04-12

Why not mention it? I recently installed PCLinuxOS & DSL on two different laptops for "grannies" neither of whom had used Windows before.


...and you just forgot to mention those three folks who recently asked you to re-install Windows back after two months.

Maybe you should contact the producers of "RevolutionOS" and give them an offer to write scenario for the sequel called "Revolution continues - and after 7 years we still stuck at 0,7 percent worldwide" ?

;-)

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rakamaka Member since:
2005-08-12

Wait until they have to attach webcam, printer, scanner, wifi and also to upgrade next version of distro 1.2.3.4.5....

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

it simply will never materialise


"Never" is a long time.

People prefer to buy Windows, than to get Linux for free and loose their hair trying using it.


Not really. People want to buy computers, most of the time those computers comes with Windows already installed and it works well enough for their needs. If something else came preinstalled that also fulfilled their needs well enough they'd use that.

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