Linked by Smith Johnson on Wed 25th Jun 2008 19:07 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y A Computerworld blog post reads: "You gotta love it. Microsoft has decided that it will ho ahead and kill off easy access to XP on June 30th. On behalf of desktop Linux users everywhere, and our first cousins, the Mac fans, thanks. You've given us the best shot we'll ever have of taking the desktop."
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RE[2]: Comment by satan666
by Doc Pain on Wed 25th Jun 2008 23:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by satan666"
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The problem is getting the information to potential users in a form they understand, so they can make real decisions, and not just take the default.


This would imply that users will want to decide. But in most cases, they don't want. There were discussions about how non-MICROS~1 OSes are presented, in media advertising, as boxes on the shelf, or installed on computers that reside on the shelf or can be ordered online. Users want something preinstalled that works and that does everything. I'm not claiming that "Windows" does follow this wish, but people do believe this. To make a big leap now: It's not about knowing, it's about believing. And finally, it's about education. Today, you don't need education to use a PC, you even may be illiterate, no problem, look at the squeaking buttons and dancing elephants. Education, as well as judging and deciding, involves active participation in certain topics. For most users, this seems to be too much work. The result? They just take the default, as you mentioned.

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