Linux For The Desktop - Is It Really Time?
Here is my take on Linux vs Windows
- Linux for the Desktop is still way to geeky for the average user. I guess my best analogy is to compare Linux to DOS. In order to learn DOS and the volumes of commands you needed to be certified as a 100% nerd. Linux still seems that way to me and this needs to be modified, changed, simplified, redone, uncomplex, uncomplicated, plain, clear, ………that’s enough. You get the point.
- Distribution’s - in the eye of the beholder this is grand. 300 plus distributions being used by Linux nerds trying to impress each other on how well they can take open source and modify the code to meet their needs and confuse the populace.
So here we are in January of 2007. Technically it’s the Chinese year of the pig, but I’m trying to help make 2007 the year of the penguin. It is my opinion that the time is now for the Linux community finally to realize what issues are holding them back from gaining some ground in the desktop market. In the past, it was the necessary for a geek to download, install and operate the Linux environment, but as of late it is evident that the installers are getting much easier. They may even be getting easier than a Microsoft installation. Compatibility has also gained a lot of ground in the world of Linux, with more and more hardware being added to the list each day.
My parents, friends and family are constantly asking me why I’m always trying to get them to at least fool around with my Linux desktop. The answer is simple. Literally, it’s just easy to use, intuitive by nature, and has tons of really neat features.