Re: Why Linux for the Masses
> Why is there so much concern with making
> Linux "appeal to the masses"? Why would
> linux users want a bunch of XP fans
> defecting to the Linux world?
1) Hardware support. Linux folks want to be able to use cameras and scanners. They want to be able to use sound cards and Ethernet cards. They want to be able to use *all* the features on their printer. That doesn't happen without code (or at least specs) from the hardware vendor. That isn't going to happen universally unless Linux is a very significant chunk of the desktop market.
2) Format and protocol compatibility issues. Linux folks don't want to have to deal with large numbers of documents they can't read, like .doc. The only way to prevent people from using proprietary formats as interchange formats (which frequently contain data that a Linux person might need) is to keep any proprietary app from dominating the market.
3) Jobs. A lot of Linux folks would like to do Linux development full time. The more money in Linux, the better their chances.
4) Bitterness towards Microsoft. Microsoft has pulled many, many nasty tricks over the years. A lot of these have screwed over Linux users through compatibility or whatnot. The temptation to "beat" Microsoft by taking away their clients is more than slight.
5) Pity for users. I remember one girl in a high school lab: "I hate computers! They always crash on me!" That hurt, really hurt. Microsoft and a few of their apps had soured this girl on what I see as a wonderful area. Users pay hundreds of dollars for software packages, more for crummy shareware, and deal with flakiness throughout. Among some developers, there's a desire to help the users who have been screwed over for years.
6) Fame. Being the developer of the IM software that most people in the world use is no small ego trip.
Re: Right on :)
> You seem to be happy
> with unified environment, without many
And an expensive one at that.