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Re: [News] Windows Vista Debacle to Help Mac OS and GNU/Linux

In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Moshe. Goldfarb
on Thu, 22 May 2008 13:49:58 -0400
> On Thu, 22 May 2008 10:29:08 -0700, Philip wrote:
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> Hash: SHA1
>>> Windows XP Continues to Win Over Vista
>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>| All Doom and Gloom for Windows? I think this is where Microsoft's existing 
>>>| Windows market share comes into play, regardless of how unimpressive a 
>>>| Windows release is, the end user often times finds themselves alright with 
>>>| using an older copy of the OS.   
>>>| In the future, there is evidence that the migration to OS X and Linux will 
>>>| continue to grow. However, OS X is limited to one line of computers, while 
>>>| Linux still needs to get a stronger marketplace presence with the mainstream 
>>>| audience.   
>>> `----
>>> http://www.osweekly.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2785&Itemid=449
>> "while Linux still needs to get a stronger marketplace presence with the 
>> mainstream audience."
>> What on earth does "market presence" mean? Go head-to-head with MS in 
>> the market? What these folks fail to realize is that MS is a convicted,, 
>> but not reined-in monopoly. No sane investor is going to do what they 
>> suggest until the playing field is leveled. If the market was truly 
>> open, we'd see mass MS defection by now.
> Typical Linux nut.....
> LIEnix users have as many excuses as the typical Linux distribution has
> editors.
> The point that the Linux loons seem to miss is that Linux is FREE.
> Stop making excuses for the lack of interest in desktop Linux and start
> fixing the problem, and it is a serious problem.

"The" problem?  There are many problems with Linux --
the big one being ignorance, perhaps, but there are a fair
number of others.

[1] Microsoft is a better solution.  It's not because of
technical capability or throughput, goodness knows, but
because more people know and trust Windows -- if only to
fall down at certain times and show a certain color of
screen, but most can work around that with Ctrl-Alt-Del.
If they're lucky.

[2] Linux's fractured GUI.  Snit and I have been going
around on this, with Rick interjecting an occasional
comment.  I'll admit I don't know how to properly fix
this without revamping the organizational structure of
Trolltech (KDE/Qt), Gnome.org, Open.org (Motif), and
maybe LessTif.  Basically, everyone has to get on the
same page -- literally, if one throws HTML into the mix
as well, since HTML+Javascript makes perfectly good popup
menus and movable widgets.

Ideally, no one would be able to tell them apart;
they'd look the same, act the same, essentially *be*
the same, given certain config settings.  We're not quite
there yet.

(Neither is Windows, really.  But is there a real
difference between glade-3's output XML file, which
describes widget layouts, and an HTML page?  Apart from the
format and a fair amount of technical implementation crud,
I for one don't see any.)

[3] Various setup issues...the big ones coming to
mind are audio, WiFi, and to a lesser extent display;
X configuration in particular can get interesting on
laptop setups, which are effectively dual-monitor.
Windows handles all three automatically.

[4] Last but certainly not least, the OEMs's tendency to
view Windows as the default solution for any user
that needs a desktop computer.  That's a combination of
good marketing and licensing.

> When something that is free is virtually ignored compared to the expensive
> alternatives (Windows), the free product has a serious problem.
> Figure it out and fix it.

May not be worth fixing; just buy Vista and have done with it.
Vista, after all, is a workable solution, is it not?

Or maybe not.  Depends on whose reports one believes.
Personally, I like Unix -- and by association Linux;
for me, it's a more reliable solution.

But not necessarily for you.

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