[CentOS] OT: linux desktop market share more than 1%

Sat Oct 9 00:32:59 UTC 2010
Robert Heller <heller at deepsoft.com>

At Fri, 8 Oct 2010 16:50:30 -0400 CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org> wrote:

> Too long, don't read.  It's mostly YMMV (religious) anyways.
> > The main thing about Linux that is 'hard' is the fact that 
> > you have to use your brain and make choices: 
> > Which web browser? 
> We have this same question under Windows.  My answer is "all of them,
> why not?"

Most MS-Windows users don't actually ask this question, they just use
the one 'built in': IE.

> Some of the web sites I have need to visit only work on Internet
> Exploder (ms update), some only work on FireFox (my favorite game site),
> many are only tolerable in Opera because of *their* addiction to flash
> hits *my* allergy to flash.  Opera's content blocking is a God-Send.
> > Which office suite?
> Unfortunately all of them fail at full compatibility with MSWorks;
> that's the Gold Standard.
> > Which email client? 
> This is not trivial.  Content compatibility with Office and other "of
> course you want embedded content in email" senders is a field of study
> in itself. My email client (Forte Agent) is horrible at handling
> embedded content.  I'm also almost never bothered by trojans such as
> have clobbered my kids' and wife's systems (1 in 10 years, and that was
> when my son 'borrowed' my system).

I have *never* use an HTML capable E-Mail client...  'nuff said.

> > Which desktop? 
> Which one is most like WinXP?  This is the question that keeps Linux off
> of desktops.
> Retraining people to a different way to drive is non-trivial also.
> > Which Linux distro? 
> Why is there more than one?

Why is there more than one make/model of car?  Why is there more than
one style of shirt, pants, shoe?  Why is there more than one genre of
music? Why is there more than one style of house? Why is there more then
one team sport?

> A Century ago there were ZILLIONS of things for chest
> colds/flu/pneumonia/bronchitis.  In 1955 there were like 3... Sulfa,
> penicillin, and erythromycin.  What happened to the others?  They didn't
> work, so as soon as something came along that just worked, the others
> turned to dust of no more than historical value.  Today there are a
> zillion flavors/distributions of Linux ... And one flavor of Windows.
> It tastes terrible until compared to the competition (speaking in behalf
> of everybody I personally know).
> > For lots of people this is way too much work.
> Or it's too much work for their boss or their spouse (but I repeat
> myself) ... Many/most people don't play with computers for a hobby OR
> for a job, they want it to Just Work so they can get their work/play
> DONE.  If I could find a version of Linux that Just Worked for my
> machine, my wife's machine, and our software suites, I'd jump.
> > I guess if these 
> > people looked at, say, cars or clothes the same way they 
> > looked at computers, they would ALL be driving boring black 
> > Chevys or would have a closet with 100 black suits, 100 black 
> > ties, 100 white shits, etc.  (Well maybe 100 black T shirts 
> > and 100 pairs of jeans.)
> NOT.  They'd all be wearing something they pull off a hanger in a store,
> or drive off a lot, utterly dependent on some foreign manufacturer's
> sense of fashion and function.  Oh, wait ...
> If clothes were like Linux ... Think artfully/randomly placed patches of
> duct-tape on some home-made follow-the-pattern-and-hope-it-works
> abominations.  YMMV.
> I have CentOS 5.5 on my "other drive" which I (almost) never boot
> because "wine /path/to/WoW/installdir/Wow.exe -opengl" doesn't Just
> Work.  
> Wine didn't Just Work with Diablo, or Tetris either.  Others got it
> working, I know; I've been odd man out for a decade.  So's my wife, both
> my folks, most of my kids, and all my neighbors.  We Linux desktop users
> are a small fringe because of what has been called "having to take
> thought".
> <QUOTE=Akemi Yagi>The DKMS version of Nvidia driver at rpmforge is not
> being actively maintained and will be deprecated in favor of
> kmods.</QUOTE>
> Another reason Linux is on the fringe ... The drivers and interfaces
> change too much too often.
> > > Them's my $0.04 (inflation, ya know...).
> Got mole problems?  Call Avogadro!  602-1023.
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