Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Aug 2009 10:26 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Windows Technologizer has an interesting article about why Windows Vista failed, and it provides 16 reasons why this is the case. A few of those reasons reveal a certain lack of understanding, but a more pressing issue is that while listing these reasons individually is interesting, Vista's failure in the marketplace can be explained in a much more compact fashion.
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RE[8]: Vista was just a beta...
by bluedodo on Wed 12th Aug 2009 08:09 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Vista was just a beta..."
bluedodo
Member since:
2006-03-26

I challenge you to walk into a brick and mortar store in Australia and buy a laptop with Linux on it off the shelf. I can guarantee the staff won't even know what Linux is. Until we can buy Linux machines as easily as Windows ones off the shelves of our local rip-off merchants, the Microsoft Tax will still exist and be valid fodder for debate.

I challenge you to walk into an Apple store and buy a Mac book with linux. It's simple idiot, most people who buy a laptop want something that works not a religon. Windows works and linux doesn't. Retailers aren't stupid they will sell their customers what they want and for the majority of reatilers their customers want Windows. If you want a Linux revoultion go figure out a way to make the greater public want it. Here's a hint it's not what you as a nerd want.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"I challenge you to walk into a brick and mortar store in Australia and buy a laptop with Linux on it off the shelf. I can guarantee the staff won't even know what Linux is. Until we can buy Linux machines as easily as Windows ones off the shelves of our local rip-off merchants, the Microsoft Tax will still exist and be valid fodder for debate.

I challenge you to walk into an Apple store and buy a Mac book with linux. It's simple idiot, most people who buy a laptop want something that works not a religon. Windows works and linux doesn't. Retailers aren't stupid they will sell their customers what they want and for the majority of reatilers their customers want Windows. If you want a Linux revoultion go figure out a way to make the greater public want it. Here's a hint it's not what you as a nerd want.
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http://www.kogan.com.au/shop/kogan-agora-netbook-pro/

Does Kogan have a "brick and mortar" store? I would guess they do, because you can't really run a computer business from a tent.

Hey, guess what ... I can verify this thing actually works. It comes with a whole raft of free, working, licensed, non-trialware, non-shareware, non-malware, non-spyware, non-adware, fully capable software, and yet it still manages to be the cheapest 10-inch netbook in Australia.

Fancy that.

From what I hear, the Agora Pro version is selling pretty well.

Edited 2009-08-12 10:14 UTC

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Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22


I challenge you to walk into an Apple store and buy a Mac book with linux. It's simple idiot, most people who buy a laptop want something that works not a religon. Windows works and linux doesn't. Retailers aren't stupid they will sell their customers what they want and for the majority of reatilers their customers want Windows. If you want a Linux revoultion go figure out a way to make the greater public want it. Here's a hint it's not what you as a nerd want.


Can't see why anyone moderated this up as it is just Trolling.

Firstly Apple is invoked in an irrelevant way to defend Windows. Then an abusive comment about Linux users, followed by the Windows works Linux doesn't comment which is idiotic and simply untrue, it is remarkable how many Computers a distros like Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, Mandriva, OpenSUSE will just work on (without any geeking about) and if these were set up by OEMs obviously customers would get them delivered fully working. My experience is that if you setup a box for someone they are often more than happy with Linux

Finally we get a comment with some validity, however, the ubiquitous nature of Windows means that ordinary users are familiar with Windows and therefore may feel that they don't need to learn anything new an inertia effect. However, probably Windows greatest advantage is the availability of third party applications.

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