Linux is NOT for Everyone!


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Doris Day - MFB

OK, I'll say it ... Linux is not for everyone. It is a complex highly
evolved operating system that is being developed by Open Source developers.
It is NOT ready for every desktop out there, nor for those people that lack
some basic computer skill levels or are afraid to learn new computer
skills. Linux is simply an alternative desktop operating system for those
who have computer needs that can be fulfilled by the software applications
that run on Linux or can be made to run on Linux.

What has been a hoot is watching the Windows Fanboys who look upon anyone
suggesting there's a viable alternative to Windows as trolls and idiots and
who have spread so much FUD about Linux. When they do that, I've challenged
them.

But really, yes, really, I don't care how many within the Windows community
gravitate over to using Linux. What you choose to use is YOUR choice and
you should be happy with that choice. But when users come on here and talk
about the difficulties they are experiencing with things like viruses and
trojans, or older hardware that can't run Vista, or who have relatively
simple computer needs, or are fed up with deactivations, and the need to
shovel more moeny at the problem, etc., etc. and Linux can offer an
alternative that is worth investigating, I've spoken up.

Will Linux replace Windows as the predominant operating system on the
desktop in the forseeable future? Probably not. Microsoft is the world's
largest software company, with billions of dollars at its disposal to
market Windows in a way that no open source outfit could compete with.
Microsoft, through its years of dominance and in some ways ruthless
business practises has been successful in getting its operating systems
preloaded on millions upon millions of computers. Users have generally had
little choice. When they purchase a computer it comes with Windows and for
the new computer user, their computer and Windows is the only thing they
know about and the only way they can see running a computer.

Microsoft and the Windows Fanboys have nothing to worry about that somehow
Linux is going to put them out of business. But in saying that, there can
be no argument that Linux has come a long long way to being more
user-friendly and for very many people, a real alternative on their desktop
to the proprietary offerings from Microsoft.

Switching over from Windows to Linux is not easy for many people who have
never known any other way than the Windows-way of operating their
computers. Using Linux, especially by those who have used Windows for a
long time, can be a confusing experience, as they expect Linux to behave
and operate like what they are so familiar with. Linux, does not. But for a
typical new users, who can get Linux installed on their computers, either
preloaded or with the help of a friend or the Linux community, the GUI
desktop in Linux is no harder for them to learn than Windows. In fact,
things like software installations is far easier to do under Linux than
Windows.

If there is software that one must run and it is only available in the
Windows world, then your choice is already determined - use Windows. But to
suggest that for the vast majority of typical computer users, Linux cannot
supply apps for them that will do what they need to do, is simple FUD.

I have used Windows for many years. In fact the first version of Windows I
ever installed on one of my computers was Windows version 2. I'm very
familiar with Windows up to XP and have spent years supporting Windows
users. I have also used Linux for many years also and can say emphatically
that for MY NEEDS Linux is so superior to Windows that there is no room to
argue otherwise. My familiarity with Linux allows me to do things with my
computers that bring power and stability that Windows just cannot provide.
Linux is a fast evolving beast that due to its innovation and ability to be
configured to do so many things, much of which can be very complex, is an
operating system that one must always be studying and learning more about
if one wants to extend it beyond the default installation. So, Linux, for
the inquisitive computer user, is an exciting and challenging computing
experience. It has the inherent ability to be scaled up to some pretty
fantastic uses. For example, making use of a number of Linux boxes on my
LAN to work as a cluster for transcoding video. It's not an easy thing to
configure and get running, but when it's done, there's nothing in the
Windows world that can compare. With a Linux cluster, one has essentially
taken a group of local computers and turned them into what is starting to
approach a super computer. The neat thing about all this is that it costs
NOTHING, as all the tools are there and free to use.

So in conclusion, Linux can be a viable alternative to Windows for those
who ...

* are running older hardware but want the advantages of running an
innovative and modern operating system on that hardware because Linux is so
tweaked to make the most use of computer resources without the bloatware.
Linux can be run on a simple router all the way up to the world's fastest
super computer and all systems in between.

* are constantly battling with viruses, trojans and other malware, not only
because they don't know how to protect their computers from the over
200,000 malware apps targeting Windows, but also because they just don't
want to spend so much energy trying to keep ahead of these attacks and
realize that the Windows security model is very deficient.

* are up to a bit of a challenge learning how to use their computers be free
from the restraints imposed by proprietary software.

* who are ideologically opposed to having a large corporation control how
they can use their computers using crap like DRM (Digital Rights
Management), phone-home activations, etc.

* can appreciate the power that Linux offers if one is prepared to put out
the effort to learn its power and to extend it.

* don't have the bank accounts to spend on Windows upgrades and other
proprietary software upgrades.

* believe that intellectual property rights and corporate control of your
computer experience is not your cup of tea.

* want a relationship between you the user and the developer of the software
you use as a true partnership and not just a commercial partnership where
you are nothing more that a "customer". The Linux community is based on a
growing number of computer users and software developers who believe in the
community of computer users free to choose and in that choice be free to
work towards the common good over the profits of the few.

* think it is neat and exciting to take on new and challenging skills and
see a future in the Open Source movement.

* want the ability to run a GUI application from your desktop on another
computer, either across your LAN or across the Internet.

Linux is not for everyone, but it may be for you.

Love and Kisses,
Doris
 
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Guest

I Agree With You 100%, Just FYI. Windows Vista Server Beta 3 Escrow Is The
Best Operating System Available Right Now, Just FYI.
 
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Tom Porterfield

Doris said:
OK, I'll say it ... Linux is not for everyone. It is a complex highly
evolved operating system that is being developed by Open Source developers.
It is NOT ready for every desktop out there, nor for those people that lack
some basic computer skill levels or are afraid to learn new computer
skills. Linux is simply an alternative desktop operating system for those
who have computer needs that can be fulfilled by the software applications
that run on Linux or can be made to run on Linux.

.... said:
Linux is not for everyone, but it may be for you.

Thank you Doris. This is a very well stated set of facts on Linux being
an alternative to Windows. It is refreshing compared to the several
here who seem to be arguing that Linux is not only an alternative for
some, but is the superior option for all. That is obviously not true.
I appreciate your well balanced review.
 
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Neil Harley

Doris said:
OK, I'll say it ... Linux is not for everyone.

At last!! Someone comes up with an intelligent set of points and not a rant
or fanboy-style post.
 
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xfile

Hi Doris,

I am deeply touched. Very nice article and maybe you could blog it too.

Just to share with you:

(1) According to a study conducted by Gartner, 90% of computer users don't
know the difference between Office XP and Windows XP and they just know that
they are using XP. The reason for Intel to come up the "Intel Inside"
campaign many years ago is that most regular users care less to find out
what's inside of the box. So think about that, maybe there will be some
ideas come to light.

(2) Other than hardware/software compatibility, most business users care
about document formats that they need to exchange with business partners.
Actually, that part plays a critical role because applications are the key
and the platform is just to support applications.

I personally and no one around me have had used Linux, but I always believe
constructive competition is good for everyone including product providers.

Thanks again for your kind sharing.
 
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xfile

I Agree With You 100%, Just FYI. Windows Vista Server Beta 3 Escrow Is The
Best Operating System Available Right Now, Just FYI.

I admire your spirit and you don't forget to promote MS. :)
 
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Former captain of the Enterprise

You are not a girl.. yet you use a girls nick

You should have added (OT) to your stupid rambling largely uninteresting and
uninspiring
endless post....
 
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Neil Harley

xfile said:
Hi Doris,

I am deeply touched. Very nice article and maybe you could blog it
too.
Just to share with you:

(1) According to a study conducted by Gartner, 90% of computer users
don't know the difference between Office XP and Windows XP and they
just know that they are using XP. The reason for Intel to come up
the "Intel Inside" campaign many years ago is that most regular users
care less to find out what's inside of the box. So think about that,
maybe there will be some ideas come to light.

(2) Other than hardware/software compatibility, most business users
care about document formats that they need to exchange with business
partners. Actually, that part plays a critical role because
applications are the key and the platform is just to support
applications.
I personally and no one around me have had used Linux, but I always
believe constructive competition is good for everyone including
product providers.
Thanks again for your kind sharing.

There are bootable versions of Linux that can be run from CDs. Give it a go.

http://www.frozentech.com/content/livecd.php
 
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Former captain of the Enterprise

this is the most boring post I have ever seen on this newsgroup...

gesh.. I was yawning with the first 3 lines!
 
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Tom Porterfield

Daron said:
Nick can these run with out affecting the host OS? Asking as I'm dual
booting Vista / MCE and I'd love to give Linux a try but can't risk
screwing up the current installs.

Yes, the Live CD's run without modifying the host OS. You can touch
files on the hard drive if you want, or you can just run off the CD.
 
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Neil Harley

Daron said:
Nick can these run with out affecting the host OS? Asking as I'm dual
booting Vista / MCE and I'd love to give Linux a try but can't risk
screwing up the current installs.

I've run Knoppix on machines with XP and Server 2003 installed with no
problems but not as dual boot. I can't see why that would be a problem
though
 
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Sharon

I have used RedHat and Suse. To be honest, while it's fun to explore around
in Linux as it's something different from Windows...I actually will say,
that using Linux is like going back to the dark ages. I find Windows Vista
to be a very advanced and sleek OS. Very satisfied and happy with using
Windows Vista.
 
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Dana Cline - MVP

I think it's kind of funny how people rave about Linux being "state of the
art"...They must have forgotten it's a clone of Unix, which debuted in 1969.
So at the core, it's a clone of a 38-year old operating system.

I have to admire Linux, because it's proven that a random collection of
programmers can turn out usable software. Sadly, Linux will never be able to
match the research dollars that Microsoft puts into their software, so it
will forever be catching up to Windows.

Dana Cline - MCE MVP
 
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Guest

Correction: I Just Noticed That The Public Beta Is The Real Beta 3 and Not
The Beta 3 Escrow That Is Posted on MSDN and Microsoft Tech Net Plus (In
Other Words: The Public Beta Is Newer Than What Is Currently Posted On MSDN
and Microsoft Tech Net Plus), Just FYI.
 
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norm

Dana said:
I think it's kind of funny how people rave about Linux being "state of the
art"...They must have forgotten it's a clone of Unix, which debuted in 1969.
So at the core, it's a clone of a 38-year old operating system.

Actually, most of the distros can take advantage of state of the art
hardware, but also run just as well on less capable hardware. And there
are distros available to take great advantage of minimally capable
systems. There is a wide variety of choice. The following article might
provide a bit more understanding as to the relationship between unix and
linux. You seem to suggest that they are one and the same. You might be
surprised: http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Linux-UNIX
I have to admire Linux, because it's proven that a random collection of
programmers can turn out usable software. Sadly, Linux will never be able to
match the research dollars that Microsoft puts into their software, so it
will forever be catching up to Windows.

And if the software is usable, then it can be of value to many. And
quite possibly, it is not the research dollars but the marketing dollars
that has been the larger factor for the success of ms. This is not meant
to take anything away from the success that ms has had, but there are
varied views as to what actually brought them their success. ymmv.
 
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Lang Murphy

What has been a hoot is watching the Windows Fanboys who look upon anyone
suggesting there's a viable alternative to Windows as trolls and idiots
and
who have spread so much FUD about Linux. When they do that, I've
challenged
them.

<Snip>

So... is that your justification for posting nasty flames here on a daily,
if not hourly, basis? Hmm... I mean, this is the most rational post I can
remember reading from you. All your other posts have been nasty troll-like
"Vista Sucks, Linus Rules" screeds that have less to do with "challenging"
people, much less -helping- them, than being a mean spirited, distruptive
influence.

That said, nice post. For real.

Lang
 
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Justin

Wow! More linux propaganda in a Microsoft Vista NG.

Who would have ever thought this would be posted YET AGAIN?

I wish linux would hurry up and gain more market share so it'll get hacked,
slashed and busted wide open just like Windows and OSX. Then, all the linux
freaks "might" shut up about it.
 

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