Seen on Zdnet: "Will the latest Ubuntu distro finally provide a mainstream Windows alternative?"

Eamonn Sullivan eamonn.sullivan at
Tue Apr 17 18:11:12 BST 2007

On 4/17/07, jarrodhenry at <jarrodhenry at> wrote:
> To be truthful, Scott, I was using Linux ten years ago.  Linux only has been very "kind" to non-geeks very recently.
> The media did approach our Linux users group, and they left with the feeling that they just weren't going to be "welcome" in the club.

I'll echo this. I've been a user of Linux since late 1993 and it was
definitely for those with courage... I'm also a journalist who covered
the tech industry throughout the 1990s (I still am, but not tech) and
remember well the reaction from Linux users to absolutely any mention
I made of the OS, unless I specifically said it was the second coming,
and it wasn't pretty. But I'd get the same hostility from OS/2 users
and Mac users... I think it's a tribal thing.  Ironically, Windows
users have almost always had an arms-length attitude to their OS.
They'd agree with the criticism and not take it personally.

I'm glad the OS wars are behind me. :-)


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