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Linux is viable on the desktop!

Posted 04-20-2010 at 05:36 AM by rich_c

Ken (Helios) posted this piece about the perception and awareness of GNU/Linux. To me, it highlights two groups of people who need to be reached. One group isn't even aware of an alternative to Linux. Well, if you were one of those people, if you've got as far as reading this then I guess you are now aware...

The other group are aware of Linux but believe it to be too hard... Perhaps they have had a bit of Microsoft poison dripped in their ear. Well, I don't believe it is too hard. At least, it's as hard/technical as you want it to be. My household is almost entirely Linux as far as our PCs are concerned. I don't believe any of the non technical users feel excluded from ordinary day to day life on the web because we don't use Windows. I get involved in the technical intricacies because I like to extend the features available that aren't necessarily available from a fresh install. The kind of thing I'm on about are features of a real computer system that Windows users probably aren't even aware of and would find difficult or impossible to implement. For example, running a word processor from a PC at home with the display on your smart phone while you're at work...

So, let's get this straight. Linux exists and it's not hard or technical for the ordinary user!
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    I think the main problem is getting people to use linux from day one, schools for instance. The older a person gets the harder it is to change his or her ways especially if they have been accustomed to using something else. I am one of the extreme examples, started using linux at retirement(five years ago), curiosity more than any thing else and now love it.
    Posted 04-20-2010 at 05:57 AM by Larry Webb Larry Webb is offline
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    The main thing is
    Originally Posted by rich_c
    At least, it's as hard/technical as you want it to be.
    That's obvious. Most people's opinions about linux grow from others and others who didn't really tried it, or tried but prepared themselves to accept it as hard.
    Posted 04-20-2010 at 06:03 AM by Web31337 Web31337 is offline


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