On Wednesday 28 July 2010 02:16 PM, steve wrote:
Linux no longer needs to prove itself. We've now have had more than half of a
kickass decade of the linux desktop and clueless people still wonder when would
be the year that linux would take off in the desktop market.
Maybe true in offices that have their applications working in Linux.
Otherwise for desktops, doze still rules not because it is popular but
because the user's specific applications run on it. The user does not
have other options. One good thing that FOSS has done is that pricey
closed software are now more affordable due to open alternatives.
Migration requires solution providers not service providers. The lower
end market cannot afford solution providers and make do with service
providers. A service provider can install LInux and even migrate cross
platform data but for the limited time and returns, he cannot spend too
much time on training, programming, and figuring out how to install
hardware that the customer suddenly springs up, to work in Linux. I will
give an example. A client of mine wanted to buy a netbook from me and I
had told him about the advantages of Linux but the way he readily agreed
to it and slowly gave me a list of things that should work on it made me
feel that he is going to face problems with hardware that he might add
later. I got him a netbook with XP pre-installed and he is using it
happily without constantly calling me up for any help. Everything else
in it is either freeware or doze based FOSS like OpenOffice, Firefox,
VLC player, freeware anti-virus etc.