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Get Some Linux in your life

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guyfrom7up8 years ago
Linux is by far the best operating system. Why doesn't everybody use it? 1) Ignorance, people think windows and Mac OS's are the only OS's, and if they even know what linux is they probably think it's watered down, crappy, weak, for programers or other stuff like that, etc. 2) Support, companies mainly release stuff for windows or mac cause of reasons above. Nice thing about linux is that a lot of the things are free ;) I'm typing this on windows though... My cnc machine was originally going to run on linux, but there's a lack of CAM software.
Plus, Linux is HELL-A strong. Even Wine is free for linux also so its easy to switch over.
My dad says Mac (apple) almost went out of business until they finally said, nuff of this, then they made OS X
Here's another one I found... Backdoor to MACs?
PKM guyfrom7up8 years ago
3) Administration is difficult. Even friendly distros like Ubuntu require you to use the command line or administrative tools at times that are nowhere near as user-friendly (read: watered down) as the Windows ones.

The core of this problem is, stereotyping massively, in general WIndows users ask "Why should I have to mess around with the guts of my operating system?" and Linux users ask "Why wouldn't you want to?"

The low desktop-user uptake of Linux can only be righted once a distro comes out that is as easy to install, upgrade, maintain and install applications and hardware on as Windows is, and even then low software availability and unfamiliarity will limit uptake. Plus, making a distro this user friendly and not crippling it would take a lot of work and Microsoft have the billions to spend on usability studies etc.

I think it's possible, but there isn't a strong enough incentive to do it. Perhaps a bundled distro with all the apps you are likely to want, shipped on a DVD for, IDK, $20 with a nice "How to install" booklet/manual, debian-like package managers etc. and possibly a promise to answer queries that aren't addressed in the installation guide. It probably wouldn't cater for the preinstalled prebuilt "I just want to send an email" market but might address a gap between them and the hackers who use Linux already- competent computer users who are willing to experiment, looking for a way out of MS dominance.
Login258 PKM8 years ago
That's exactly how I feel. I would be using Linux right now, but it would take far too much effort for me to be able to use my Wifi with it because it won't recognize my adapter (and that would be easy enough to fix, except that when I use Linux I don't have internet and can't look up what to do...)
Actually, I might post a forum post for help on this....
mattameo213 (author)  Login2588 years ago
That'd be a good idea.
Oh psyche I don't need to now. I now have a wire running from my Wifi transmitter to my computer... It completely defeats the point of Wifi, but it always works now!
11010010110 PKM8 years ago
i think in computers as in every other tech - the tech should allow - but not require - the user to mess around with the internals. the user should be able to get to the internals and work with them - to some extent. this extent is different for each user --> different os is suitable for each user. make a 'newbie' use an advanced linux distro - he'll complain. let me use a mac - i'll complain too. the difference between "i just want to send email" users and "linux h4xx0rz" is not a simple line. it has dimension and depth. i've seen users that look and act like "send email" 's but they replaced a hard drive and installed os and all software in their box - everything on their own. such users are not far at all from being advanced users should they only wish. i call them 'advance-on-demand users' i think this is the group we should aim at. well - there are some distros that look more or less ok for those guys. mandriva one and archlinux are 2 os i like and arch is what i use myself. the only things that can distract users from it are bugs in some core apps and the use of command line (although its damn simple in arch) .mandriva powerpack costs more than $ 20 but still less than windows and i'd expect it to be good intermediate step between the world of windows/mac to the linux freebies ubuntu is not user friendly at all. it thinks its smarter than the user and destructs every setting he tries to do on his own. it has lots of other similar problems. i used gentoo for 1.5 years and think it is more friendly than ubuntu - cause when you do something in gentoo it works. i'd not give a newbie ubuntu as his 1st distro
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