[KLUG Advocacy] Eavesdrop on a Chat - Linux Still Not Mainstream... BALONEY!!!

John Bridleman john at bridleman.org
Thu Mar 3 20:34:18 EST 2005

* magoo wrote:
> Linux is still not mainstream... some believe?  I'm delighted 
> that Linux has FINALLY ARRIVED on the desktop... WOO HOO BOO!

It certainly is much better than it was. There are still a few minor issues I have but most of those are nit-picks.

> I've been pushing Linux to PC enthusiasts and one sent me 
> this chat snip...  Too bad this is what a Windows user sees
> when they ask others about Linux.  They talk about history...
> nobody loves Windows.  So many love Linux, once they learn it.

I've pretty much come to the conclusion that 'pushing' Linux is not the way to go. Certainly I mention it when someone is complaining about Windows but, like the alcoholic, people need to take the first step themselves.

I have a friend that is constantly complaining to me about XP. This is usually followed by him putting in the system restore disk. He sees me running Linux, see me actually being productive, sees that I don't have to reinstall every 6 weeks because some virus or spyware has hosed his machine. I tell him he doesn't have to commit to running Linux. All he has to do is download the iso for Knoppix, burn a cd and try it. So far he hasn't done that.

> The DOOM 3 port (and other games) run in Linux...

Games = PS/2

> DVD/CD ripping works great in Linux...

Sure does!

> Hardware drivers are pervasive in Linux now...

We still see some bleeding edge hardware with no drivers.

> I thought some of this was a little humorous.

These sound like conversations from a few years ago. These people are certainly not using any of the modern distros.
John Bridleman / www.bridleman.org

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