Iíve played with Linux few times and always I came back to hated so much Windows.
Where is the problem?
Itís a simple one.
Linux is designed to have an operator, servant who will spend thousands of hours trying to set it up and keep up with very frequent updates.
What most people are forgetting, is the basic concept of the Operating System.
Itís a workbench with some tools and objective is to put a project on that workbench and start to work.
Now compare what you could do on Linux and what you could do on Windows.
Firstly, instead of learning how to use your tools, you have to be a slave to workbench!
In both cases, Linux and Windows! But you will have to spend much more time on Linux.
What MS has done, they have simplified many features of their workbench and now we could do a lot with WinXP and programs running on it.
Now, what canít be done on Linux?
Music. Iím pro muzo and Iím doing pro recordings. Also Iím doing pro graphics, using Adobe and PSP.
In both cases, when I would switch to Linux, I would unemployed!
Cubase. Logic, DigiDesign, Cakewalk, Sound Forge, Wave Labs and thousands of tools I use are not available in Linux.
Graphics. Similar thing is happening here and while I could learned and use some high quality programs for graphics butÖ is very few of those ones and if I would be a pro graphic designer, I would loose my job quickly on Linux.
We have an other option and ONLY price is the factor, which stops masses to use that operating system.
MAC! I can do ALL of above on MAC!
What chances Linux has in current form?
Itís just a workbench without many tools. You canít do much on it! Beside Internet and word processing itís just a toy for enthusiasts who are boasting to be smart and different then others because they mastered to have a workbench on their machines.
And is clean.
And they are doing almost nothing on it because it does not have many tools.
When Adobe, DIGI, Steinberg and many other will decide to go Linux, than Linux has SOME chances to get to massive market.
Still, MAC is a great and preferred option and will be hard to beat.
For masses Windoze will be king for many years.
So far Linux is sentenced to be use only by small group of enthusiasts.
Simplicity of the operating system is the key.
On one Star Trek movie they went back in time of year 2000. Kirk tried to use a computer.
He said ďComputer start!Ē.
ďYou must switch power firstĒ Ė Kirk was advised.
ďYou are joking, right?Ē
Just put CD with a game in Linux machine.
Think about it!
Just a workbench without many tools.
You canít do much on it!