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:
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>>> Windows XP Continues to Win Over Vista
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>>>| 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
>> "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
> 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.
 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.
 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
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
(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.)
 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.
 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.
If your CPU can't stand the heat, get another fan.
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