Re: [TTLUG] RULE OUT LINUX ON THE DESKTOP UNTIL 2005, SAYS GIGA
> Bull Droppings. The average user knows enough about Windows to get by.Too true, Taran. There are those who don't know, and frankly don't
> Most of them nowadays don't even know what a prompt is, and if you
> showed them BASICA they would run away screaming. They are used to GUIS
> and doing the things I outlined. The same can be done with GNU/Linux, in
> a GUI environment. Period.
care, what OS is being run (or what the OS is for that matter). They
just want their email, word processing, etc. That's what I did on my
Dad's PC, you know as an experiment sort of. Although I could not
change the OS (AutoDesk quit the UNIX versions of AutoCAD long ago) I
installed openoffice and let it take over M$ Office extensions, mozilla
took over IE chores, and some other open source apps to "subvert" the MS
apps that he was accustomed to. I left it at that.
Then a couple weeks later he was asking me how to do something in
"office." I asked, "Microsoft?" and to my suprise he said "no, that new
openoffice on the PC."
I found that in a matter of weeks he was off and away, merrily using his
new open source tools without complaint and in fact preferring them over
their M$ counterparts.
These are the users we need to reach. The ones with no stake in
proprietary software (although my Dad won't break from AutoCAD, if
they'd start building Linux/UNIX versions again, I could switch the OS!)
and just want their basic tools to work well, and their machines to stay
up and running no matter what exotic software they're running.
Forget the techs like ourselves. We're too hard-headed, most of us, on
both sides of the fence...but if the user base shifts, guess where the
fence gets pushed?
- Allya read the heading good?
"RULE OUT LINUX ON THE DESKTOP UNTIL 2005, SAYS GIGA"
That's interesting... the next *major* release of Windows
supposed to be in 2005.... the killer OS MS is claiming.