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RE[2]: Not so fast
by AmigaRobbo on Wed 28th Mar 2012 07:24 UTC in reply to "RE: Not so fast"
AmigaRobbo
Member since:
2005-11-15

Too late, some peoples interest is only Linux on the desktop, and 'M$'.

These people tend to post a lot. And they tend to be of "the Opinion won't be changed, and won't let you change the subject" school of thought.

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RE[3]: Not so fast
by Laurence on Wed 28th Mar 2012 08:12 in reply to "RE[2]: Not so fast"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Too late, some peoples interest is only Linux on the desktop, and 'M$'.

These people tend to post a lot. And they tend to be of "the Opinion won't be changed, and won't let you change the subject" school of thought.

I disagree with that and think we should chat about desktops some more

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RE[4]: Not so fast
by MOS6510 on Wed 28th Mar 2012 10:38 in reply to "RE[3]: Not so fast"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Let's not.

The common user often doesn't even know what version of Windows he's using. For us technical people it's hard to imagine someone can use the same OS for years and not know what it is, but people are like that.

Years ago people bought computers, because they wanted a computer. Today people buy computers, because they want to do stuff on the Internet or work with some program. The computer isn't a goal anymore, it's just something you apparently need to do what your really want to do.

The result is that people have no idea what they have, nor any interest to learn it.

Don't believe the penguins, Linux is more difficult than Windows. Worse, things are (very different) between distributions and even between version of the same distro. Ubunto for example swapped Gnome for Unity, completely changing the user interaction.

If people can't figure out what version of Windows they have and well, can't figure out all the other basic stuff how on earth can they figure out how Linux works? It's difficult enough to talk someone through basic Windows stuff on the phone when you know where everything is or should be, imagine how mission impossible it is when you don't.

Sure they can use it if they have a geeky family member who can set up the system, install what they need and give them some training, but those users will be stuck in that situation and would never upgrade their system.

It's a reason, amongst others, why Linux on the desktop has utterly failed, yet blossomed on the server (where able IT people have to work with it). Android phones are in a way just like the geek family member. The manufacturer does the install, adds the apps and provides an "easy" interface.

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