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horoscope-11 10-30-2013 03:50 PM

Why is Linux so unpopular behind windows and macs?
I love my new linux but wonder why I never got one before. So much better then my previous pc's.
Is it lack of advertising that people don't know or something. I am here to learn about what I can do with my linux as I am beginning to work at online promotions and various experiments to see search stats and country stats to understand people's interests and differences in peoples tastes and beliefs.

Habitual 10-30-2013 04:34 PM

Welcome to LQ.

schneidz 10-30-2013 05:18 PM

probaly lack of oem pre-installs... most regular users never install/upgrade an os... they just buy a new one when the current one seems comparitavely slow.

frankbell 10-30-2013 08:19 PM

I agree with schneidz. The typical home user has not and will not ever format a hard drive and install an OS.

Even my son, who works with high-end military laptops (the kind you can drop from airplanes) and has used computers since he was 12, once said to me, "I won't touch the OS."

Notice that, in the smartphone and tablet market, where persons can buy devices with Android installed (Android is not strictly Linux, but it is based on it and uses the Linux kernel), Android has come to dominate.

And welcome to LQ.

jamison20000e 10-30-2013 08:47 PM


I think it's slowly changing\revolutionizing for the same reason we don't run on green technologies yet, *money!?. :D

Welcome and have fun.

Drakeo 10-30-2013 10:44 PM

I would start here but for some reason the little program the browsers use to talk to the printer server is not working or not installed.

AnanthaP 10-31-2013 01:39 AM

To add to schneidz and frankbell's points, I would also say most support technicians in computer stores (or even your local friendly computer expert) do their bit in downplaying linux.


273 10-31-2013 02:26 AM

Ever tried to sync an iPhone with Linux?
Tried to use a cheap TV capture card?
Ever installed Linux on a laptop with a wireless chipset that only has Windows drivers?
Ever tried to use Netflix on Linux?
Tried to install World Of Warcraft on Linux?
Have you used 64 bit Google Earth on Linux recently?

The above are things which, on Windows, you can either do "out of the box" or they're a one-click install. All of the above can be very problematic on Linux to the point that, in my experience, not all of them are possible at any given time. I could probably list a whole load more too.
Don't get me wrong, I Love Linux and don't have any other OSs installed on my own machines at present. However, I've had to install a Windows VM for some tasks and I couldn't recommend Linux to anyone who needs an unsupported application to work. As an example from the above -- if I knew somebody had just signed up for a year of Netflix and they needed a new machine I would certainly not recommend using Linux exclusively.

nickmh 10-31-2013 04:24 AM

The answer is in your question :) ...
I am here to learn about what I can do with my linux

You mean I have to learn something? LMAO

I rest my argument right there!

Randicus Draco Albus 10-31-2013 06:22 AM

Netflix? Never heard of it. So it cannot be important.:D

sgosnell 10-31-2013 10:54 AM

One word. Marketing. Microsoft's biggest asset is marketing. Apple also does marketing very well. Linux has no marketing at all. People buy whatever the commercials tell them they should buy. How many Linux commercials have you seen? How many MS & Apple?

schneidz 10-31-2013 10:57 AM

^true... i think companies like redhat market pretty well to businesses. thats why most servers tend to be linux/unix/sun/bsd...

TobiSGD 10-31-2013 11:20 AM


Originally Posted by schneidz (Post 5055944)
^true... i think companies like redhat market pretty well to businesses. thats why most servers tend to be linux/unix/sun/bsd...

I think that most servers run an UNIX-like OS has a different reason: the people setting them up are (hopefully) knowledgeable IT people. On the desktop market this is mostly never the case, the "average user" usually knows as much about computers as the average driver knows about cars: They can use it, but that is about all they know about it.
If decisions in the enterprise IT market would be solely driven by marketing I am pretty sure we would have Microsoft domination there, too.

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jamison20000e 10-31-2013 11:49 AM

Big game$ a$ well!

DavidMcCann 10-31-2013 01:31 PM

Popular: where and with whom? In Brazil and Russia, they are in the process of converting all schools to Linux: will those educated there find Linux unfamiliar? But then Brazil and Russia have better schools than the USA and UK, according to Unesco.

Servers run Linux because it's better suited to them than an OS that started on desktops. The London Stock Exchange switched to Linux to get better performance and security. But many companies that have Linux on the servers still have Windows in the office, for fear they'd have people whining "I can't understand it — it's not what we had at school / have at home". In fact, companies that switch to all-Linux offices generally have few if any problems:

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