Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Feb 2009 10:17 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say yesterday about which companies Microsoft sees as its competitors in the client operating system space. You'd think Apple was their number one competitor - and you'd be wrong. Microsoft sees two other competitors as their primary adversaries.
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abraxas
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2005-07-07

People are used to popping in a CD and clicking on the "Setup" icon to install a program. I'd argue that using officially supported repositories is hundreds of times more comfortable and secure than hunting down CDs and executable installers. But then again, people aren't used to it, so they think it's "unintuitive" (which, by the way, it's something they never think about. They only think about the things they're used to. The only ones talking bullshit about intuitiveness are the wanabee interface designer trolls like you).


Very true. Just look at most cell phones and their providers. They're packaging systems are very similar to what you see on Linux. There is a central, categorized repository to install software. People don't seem to have a problem with the way that works when they download games and applications for their phone. But somehow on when a similar approach is taken for Linux it is "unintuitive". I have the same beef with people who claim there only should be one Linux distro to reduce packaging formats. Application developers for phones don't seem to have a problem creating alternative versions of their software for different platforms.

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