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Date: Mon, 07 Jul 2008 08:53:04 -0400
From: Mark Simko
Subject: Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Maybe its because lindows just sucked
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On Sun, 2008-07-06 at 22:29 -0400, Ronny Abraham wrote:
> What they want is the guys who runs
> Microsoft Office and the occasional custom business app. I could have
> told them "nice try, but you aren't getting that market". Why? Not
> because they don't do a good job, but because you are simply not going
> to convince someone to give up something that "Just Works" and take a
> chance on a technology that "does a good enough job". Why screw
> around with something that might work when you have something that
> does (sort of)?
They will go for something that is more reliable, easier to use, and
less expensive with less maintenance headaches. Give them a system that
is less prone to performance degradation and malware infection and they
have every reason to move. The only reasons that Windows prevailed is
because of superior marketing and unfair competition. What Linux lacks
now is marketing. There just aren't marketing dollars there for that. I
don't know if word of mouth and a grassroots groundswell will change
things, but the problems of Vista performance, Vista difficulty, and
Microsoft Office incompatibility have many moving over to OSX, and
probably linux too.
> Maybe SUSE does that job. I wouldn't know. But tell me, if you start
> up SUSE will you have an environment that looks exactly like Windows
> XP and works exactly like XP as far interface and preferences go?
No need for exact. Just need a lot closer than what Vista is.
> Because that is a major reason why someone won't switch over. Your
> average office drone has no interest whatsoever in mucking about with
> a system. He's terrified of it and with good reason - he doesn't own
> the computer it's running on.
All most people want is that, not just office drones. What they are
afraid of is that they will have to give things up. There are a few
video formats I can't watch. What I've come to appreciate is that they
are just time wasting emails anyway. I am more productive on a Linux
system without all the M$ maintenance hassles.
> I think that Linux has a lot of potential on peripheral devices.
A lot more potential on the desktop. And especially with thin clients.
> also think that one day, maybe, Linux might even capture a significant
> portion of the desktop app.
Maybe soon if this crud economy continues for long.
> But that depends on whether technologies
> like Flash can translate to the desktop and further show serious power
> in the form of apps (something Java was supposed to do, but failed at
> miserably). Show me that, and I'll show you a potential Linux desktop
So Linux on the desktop success depends upon the success of Flash on
Linux? Please!!! That's just eye candy.