Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd May 2009 10:23 UTC, submitted by Luis
Linux Yes boys and girls, it's Net Applications time. Sure, their figures are flawed, and sure, they're misused all over the non-scientifically educated media, but that doesn't mean they do not indicate trends. One of those trends was a slowly rising popularity of Linux, which hit 0.93% market share in August 2008, only to sink back again during the following months. Well, it's April May 2009 now, and Linux has finally crossed the 1% market share line!
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tech10171968
Member since:
2007-05-22

The average computer user:

Thinks the monitor screen is the computer...
Calls the box under the desk the "hard drive", and has no idea what it does...
Has no concept of right-clicking the mouse - if they see you do it, prepare to spend the next five minutes explaining the mouse to them...
Cannot tell you who their Internet provider is...
Thinks Internet Explorer is "the Internet"...
Thinks their computer is slow when a web page loads slowly...
Has no idea what a "server" is...
Has no idea what an IP address is...
Has no idea how to install a printer...
Cannot configure their POP and SMTP settings by themselves...


Just how do you expect such users to install, learn and use Linux? Ain't gonna happen....

Many people who use this argument usually fail to mention that most of those same users:
Can't install Windows, either...
Have never really learned much about Windows (knowing that you have to "click on the blue 'e' for the internet" is not the same as actually knowing what a browser is in the first place)...
Barely even know how to use Windows anyway...

A lot of the very same reasons why people "just don't get Linux" also very much apply to Windows. Bottom line: this prototypical clueless user would probably fare no worse in a *nix environment, despite all the FUD stating the contrary. It's just that, when presented with unfamiliar apps in an unfamiliar OS, these folks will just run back to the devil they know. That familiarity is often mistaken for "ease of use" (or even "superiority" for some folks).

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Angel Blue01 Member since:
2006-11-01

The problem is that this clueless user (I know quite a few!) expects everything to work, including his/her apps that havn't been updated since 1998, out of the box. MS makes a ridiculous effort towards backwards compatibility as its a good way to trap people, switching to another OS by definition does not.

As another poster pointed out, apps matter not the OS; but if the OS can't run the apps...

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Jokel Member since:
2006-06-01

Named clueless user wont even be able to install an application - even if they knew WHAT they want to install.

Makes your point a bit weak hmm?

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