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Old 04-18-2013, 07:12 PM   #1
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LXer: Is 'Linux' a Word Better Left Unspoken?


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My take on this: The people who are freaked out by "Linux" are Windows "Power Users" and other "Techies". The "Man on the Clapham omnibus."* hasn't really heard of Linux and doesn't care. Those who consider themselves "Computer Geeks" or "IT professionals" who haven't, can't or won't use Linux are scared of it because it shows them up.

*English law terminology for a sensible person of moderate intelligence -- the "man on the street" as it were.
 
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My take on this: The people who are freaked out by "Linux" are Windows "Power Users" and other "Techies". The "Man on the Clapham omnibus."* hasn't really heard of Linux and doesn't care. Those who consider themselves "Computer Geeks" or "IT professionals" who haven't, can't or won't use Linux are scared of it because it shows them up.

*English law terminology for a sensible person of moderate intelligence -- the "man on the street" as it were.
And their livelyhood ($$$) at huge risk.

mho is, any advertising is good advertising.

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And their livelyhood ($$$) at huge risk.
There is that but in my experience the real techies respect Linux even if they don't know it -- it's the people who don't necessarily make a living in IT but pride themselves on "being good at computers" who try to install Linux, fail at the first hurdle, then decide it's "too hard for anyone to learn". Admittedly there are the MCSE types who would lose out and perhaps they're more vocal online. As far as professional Windows users go I've found that developers seem most Linux-curious. I get the impression, and hope I'm right, that some gamers are interested too.
 
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Fair enough. I was thinking of the marketeers ($$$). ;-)
 
  


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