Linked by Adam S on Mon 19th Sep 2005 10:45 UTC
Windows The news has been around, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says the development process at Microsoft has to change after Windows Vista. The time between releases is just too long, and Microsoft has to show profit to keep shareholders happy. Some say the Redmond empire is due for a slow collapse, but I think there exists an amazing opportunity.
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RE[3]: so what ?
by jptros on Mon 19th Sep 2005 15:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: so what ?"
jptros
Member since:
2005-08-26

I don't think so buddy. I work in IT and am often confronted by friends and family about windows, what to do to fix it and if there is something else they can use. I've mentioned linux and 95% of the time the people I'm talking to don't know what it is and they would never take the time to try and really learn how to use it. I can't say that I blame them either. The 'free' part always catches their attention, I've even set some folks up on it. In the end it's just as much trouble as windows because they still call you to fix this, install that or I need to to do this, what can I use?

We had a LUG at the university I attended and an install fest every semester. We tried handing out cd's with free software that existed on linux and windows, put up flyers with "FREE FREE FREE! STABLE! NO MORE VIRUSES" or whatever we thought would catch peoples attention. The crowds at every install fest were very sparse, I mean asside from the few members that would show up to do it, there would be maybe 2 or 3 folks turn up.

In the end most average people don't care about linux or any other free operating system, they care about what they bought and paid for and just want it to work. Most of them are not using windows illegaly because it came preinstalled on their laptop or desktop they purchased from whatever big name computer manufactuer that included a license with it.

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RE[4]: so what ?
by Moulinneuf on Mon 19th Sep 2005 16:51 in reply to "RE[3]: so what ?"
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

Off course you where paid for the service of helping them like on windows right ? Or you made the mistake of saying Everything is free all the time ?

I know the LUG episode , you put it on a day or night everybody else is doing something else and nobody shows up ... There is more to LUG then just installing softwares too.

Not everyone buys there computer at the big name computer manufacturer. Even if I grant you that if they buy it from the store it come with a a legal OS , there is also the applications and games that get pirated too ...

Time is not a problem for GNU/Linux , its probably a good thing they dont try what you have to offer , because from the look of it your not offering the best or not even that much interested in supporting it.

Just for fun what distribution did you use ?

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