Do you not think that one of the issues is that people assume because its "free"
it's going to be crap? I was really impressed and now I prefer using it to Windows.
Considering that people have put so much time into developing it unselfishly its pretty
--- On Wed, 26/8/09, Gordon Burgess-Parker <gordon(a)gbpcomputing.co.uk> wrote:
From: Gordon Burgess-Parker <gordon(a)gbpcomputing.co.uk>
Subject: Re: [Staffslug] Linux Take-Up
Date: Wednesday, 26 August, 2009, 1:24 PM
I think that while those issues may be a factor, I don't think that's the
major factor. IMHO the MAJOR factor is that no-one's HEARD of Linux.
It starts when a new computer is purchased - have you tried to find a
computer in ANY of the major retail outlets such as Curry's, Comet, PC World
etc where Joe Public generally go to buy a computer, with anything other
than Windows? There IS only Windows on offer. Yes there may be a boxed
edition of Redhat on the shelf, but there are NO OEM Linux machines on
display. (I have to say I bought my Toshiba NB100 with Ubuntu 8.04 Remix on
it from Comet, but the salespeople weren't really clued up on Linux AT
Secondly the home computer market (as opposed to corporate) is geared
towards gaming, Photoshop and ITunes. Many games will not run on Linux,
AFAIK ITunes doesn't have a Linux version and while the Gimp is extremely
good, it's not Photoshop!
Many mobile phone pc packages don't have Linux equivalents, and while the
next model Garmin Satnavs are apparently going to use Linux software, they
have no intention at this moment of porting their web updater to Linux!
Having said that - I think that if you presented a computer already set up
with Linux to someone who has used Windows, they wouldn't find it at all
difficult to use. I speak from experience, having introduced Linux at home
on the fly as it were, and all people did was to just say "where's such and
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Dave
Sent: 26 August 2009 10:07 AM
Subject: [Staffslug] Linux Take-Up
I was thinking the other day (and this morning as I sat in the dentist
office), what do you think is stopping people moving to Linux (or any
other distro that is not M$ based)?
There were a few ideas that jumped around in mind head, and I was
wondering what everyone else thought?
My ideas were:
- Fear of the unknown
- Lived with M$ for all of their computer lives (leading back to above)
- Learning curve? (I know that with newer/certain distros, it's getting
very graphical, but there isn't any c:\ !)
- Hardware issues
What do you think?
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