Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Feb 2006 18:07 UTC, submitted by Peter Parker
Microsoft "Microsoft may not make flawless software, but its proprietary strategy is hard to fault. In particular, Microsoft has mastered desktop lock-in, undermining users' confidence in any alternatives and creating a slew of minor difficulties that irritate those who do switch. Two themes dominate the stories I hear about the tribulations of using and adopting non-Microsoft business desktops: the difficulty in finding compatible hardware and the stranglehold Microsoft Word has on users. In the last week, IT pros have shared their experiences with these two adoption inhibitors. They're representative of other stories I've heard."
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RE: Two ways ...
by WorknMan on Thu 9th Feb 2006 19:15 UTC in reply to "Two ways ..."
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

1. Political wars between projects. Stop duplicating efforts, and just get your act together to make a few really awesome pieces of software. The KDE/GNOME war is just one of these.

Agree here. Linux could easily overtake Microsoft if all of its developers would put their collective minds together and come up a unified and cohesive desktop experience for the end user.
But they seem have no vision at all, so the whole thing is splintered in 1,0000,000 directions. This isn't necessarily a bad thing (as many people will tell you, choice is a good thing), but it's a little short-sighted I think to blame Microsoft for issues that are mostly your own. If you really want to convert the masses, why not come together and put together a better mousetrap instead of bitching and whinning about what MS is or is not doing?

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RE[2]: Two ways ...
by anda_skoa on Thu 9th Feb 2006 19:20 in reply to "RE: Two ways ..."
anda_skoa Member since:
2005-07-07

...their collective minds...

Since all the developers are human and no Borg, there is no such thing as a collective mind.

Moreover, the developers understanding is that there is more than one kind of user.

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RE[3]: Two ways ...
by Tom K on Thu 9th Feb 2006 19:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Two ways ..."
Tom K Member since:
2005-07-06

Yet both OS X and Windows really only have a single user interface, and nearly everyone who uses those interfaces are pretty happy, or simply don't care.

That argument is nil, because a DE can be made flexible enough to accomodate almost all of the popular usage patterns. Hell, they already are, if screenshots of people's Linux desktop are any indication.

The bitching about what MS is and isn't doing does have to stop, though.

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RE[3]: Two ways ...
by WorknMan on Thu 9th Feb 2006 20:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Two ways ..."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Since all the developers are human and no Borg, there is no such thing as a collective mind.

Well, whatever the semantics .. maybe they should look and see how Apple does it, and take notes.

Moreover, the developers understanding is that there is more than one kind of user.

Right, the kind of user who wants to dick with the OS all day and those who don't. I'm speaking about the latter type of user.

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RE[2]: Two ways ...
by archiesteel on Thu 9th Feb 2006 22:48 in reply to "RE: Two ways ..."
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

This isn't necessarily a bad thing (as many people will tell you, choice is a good thing), but it's a little short-sighted I think to blame Microsoft for issues that are mostly your own.

I disagree. The "choice" issue has a negligible effect on Linux adoption. MS Office not being available, on the other hand...

Let's also not forget MS blackmailing OEMs for years if they dared sell their machines with anything else than Windows pre-installed!

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