There are some things that Linux - or the guys - that must be in place to overturn the evil corporate
empire that is Microsoft. No really, MS business model is arcane, and it was sadly never punished
properly for tightening their monopoly market. Big shame and disgrace for the court systems
- Offer easy solution on "high tech" market. If you see expensive applications that cost MILLIONS
of dollar (just think of equipment in companies... not only computers... think of automations and so
on). This is where the smart people sit. Ok, places like CERN will probably already prefer *nix based
These systems move a lot slower... I know on my university there is still (!!!) Netscape used as
browser in some places (while there was an upgrade to win nt about 5 years ago to most other
Here, *nix has to shine by offering MORE, and doing so in a BETTER way.
I think KDE will help a lot there. Gnome, sadly, seems to lack manpower. I have read
the mailing list and bugtrackers for a long time.
(Its long why I think KDE will provide more help there, the reason really boils down to
manpower in the end, people that develop high quality applications. Of course this may
slowly change if more people start hacking on things with an open source model)
- Appeal to BEAUTY
Why is Vista so shiny? Because they saw that Mac would otherwise steal their show.
Compiz, Beryl, Xgl, Aigxl etc.. these are all cool things.
But we should not stop there. We want 3D desktops, we want touchscreens where we
dont have to touch anymore, we want the future, we want to impress...
There are various projects that are cool. Cuiterm for example. Imagine if Cuiterm
would become a 3D shell instead
- Office software
Luckily, with open office, microsoft will slowly lose there.
Open Office is too big for my taste, i prefer abiword and other things, combined, for
office work. But I am optimistic, the open source suites will grow nicely, and
as you can see, some areas already help there :-)
This is, actually the most important aspect of MS.
MS is a gaming platform. DirectX was mostly pushed BECAUSE of games.
Games are a good seller. They are sold overpriced, and people buy fancy LCDs
nice graphic cards etc... then, see World of Warcraft, they even
pay monthly fee to play it.
And you know what? The majority of people are YOUNG.
I mean, relatively young. Even if the guy is 30 years, its the time where
you normally have a good income but you are not TOO OLD to learn new things.
Younger people normally have it much easier to learn something new such as
Think of this fantasy world right now:
Imagine aliens land on planet earth
2000 of them. They know all programming languages and start to code games.
The games only work on Linux (heheh ok thats a problem... people want their games to
be multiplattform, but to follow my thought I recommend to SPLIT this world view.)
These aliens make it this way... they release shitloads of nice, small games for
free for all platforms. Then they release some more games that have super quality
and can be played for free (its financed with advertisement) over the
net - but only for NIX based systems. Windows users have to pay, unless they
use a nix based system
Ok this is going a bit too far :P
But I am 100% sure of the last point, that Games is what makes the biggest
difference. I have seen many trailers, like Hellgate London, and many of
the new upcoming ego shooters or ego "fantasy roleplaying" games.
Big graphics engines.... Whatever it takes, Linux must become a
successful market for GAME MAKERs.
You see that MacOSX is a viable alternative? Hey, Mac can be compared
to nix in term of deployment!
Hopefully we will see many many many more high quality open sourced