Second time won’t be a charm for Linux

Here we go again. Every time a new Windows version comes up, and it is not up to par with the previous version, you have the non-Windows zealots [primarily Linux] who think that now they can start getting all those who are unhappy with Windows to join their community.

As you know by now, Windows 8 hasn’t received the glowing reviews – partially because the Start menu has been removed and replaced with the “modern” interface. The same interface is on a desktop, laptop, tablet or [Windows] smartphone whether or not you have a touch screen.

There lies the problem. If you don’t have a smartphone or a tablet, very few have a touch screen and trying to use the mouse of the stack of new shortcuts to remember make things more difficult than easy.

Now you have the [primarily] Linux zealots – those that are for open source [i.e. I want everything for free and “f.u.” to anyone who sells software for profit] – who are rubbing their hands thinking all these unhappy Windows users will migrate over to one of the hundred distributions of Linux. What? You’re kidding?

Go back six year. Vista just came out and reviews weren’t great either [but for mostly different reasons – some of which were laughable]. Yes, the same Linux zealots figured all those unhappy Windows would switch over. Guess what? It never happened. You look at the various sites that keep track of desktop/laptop OS market share and you will see there no real blip anywhere from when vista came out [in late 2006]. Linux has mostly flat lined between 1% and 1.25% over the years.

So what makes them think it will be different this time? There is really just the issue of the desktop interface which can easily be “fixed” [cured?] with the one of number of replacement shells.

One example would be Stardock’s Start8. For just $5, you will get your Start menu back and it looks very closely like the old Windows 7 menu. There are also some free [or open source] replacements such as Classic Shell.

Actually, some of those that were unhappy did leave the Windows platform but for the Mac platform. I guess the better of the two evils for the Linux zealots. Whatever was lost during the time Vista came up was probably gained by Macs.

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3 Responses to Second time won’t be a charm for Linux

  1. Hi Eddie . Here’s what I think. Most Linux users are non-gamers and like to tinker with Linux OS and/or are just have a dislike for Windows and Mac. Most are tech savvy and like to take on challenges that otherwise Windows people would be uncomfortable with. Here’s the thing, there is a mass of PC gamers that would switch to Linux in an instant if PC games could be loaded on Linux. Valve is working already into porting their Steam platform on Linux and I believe they will succeed cause they have money and the backing of gaming companies. If that happens, I’m switching. I’m already using Linux at work . Hopefully the younger generation will embrace Linux and move away from the evil clutches of Micro$oft and that “Candy coated prison” I call Apple.

  2. ebraiter says:

    While I agree with you on some of your comments, I’m wondering if Valve is spending a lot of money on R&D to port Steam. It is not just games that are lacking but also “common” application that are currently out there I don’t ever expect Microsoft would release an Office for Linux but I’m surprised Adobe hasn’t released their apps for Linux. On the other hand, as I mentioned, LInux community accounts for one in every 90 users or so and the Linux community is too fractured to support many. How many distros out there? 150? 200?

  3. I’m sure that Steam will be deployed on both the Debian and RPM platforms, if not Debian only, Ubuntu being the obvious choice. Once users will start flocking from Microsoft to Linux, I would say mostly the younger crowd, companies will notice this and will start releasing their applications for Linux. I understand what you are saying about there’s no such thing as a free lunch (free software), but like I said, its all about making or should I say “having” choices. Do you wanna be computer dumb, or do you want to be computer smart? I think that both Apple and Microsoft make it difficult for anyone to truly understand how computers work. Linux on on the other hand does the opposite. It’s not for everyone and I know that many people prefer simplicity and won’t start messing around with their kernel, or packages (wait, they can’t!), but I like to have that option.

    We’ll just have to wait and see. Like I said, if Steam is on Linux, I’m switching over.

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