[Bug 1] Ubuntu Bug #1 - Wireless Internet in Rambam hospital in Haifa, part 2

Amir E. Aharoni amir.aharoni at gmail.com
Sun Sep 2 10:27:39 UTC 2007

... So, i am having fun surfing the web with Ubuntu and Firefox in the
Rambam hospital in Haifa and i have a warm fuzzy feeling that i am
providing a good example of using Free Software and helping the Ubuntu
community to solve this Bug. A guy in his fifties approaches me and

Guy: Do you connect to the Web with your laptop here?

Me: That's right, i do.

Guy: I have a laptop and it didn't work for me here. How do you connect?

Me: Well, i just have this icon here, which shows which networks it
detects and i click and connect and it's pretty simple ... Although
there's a good chance that you don't have the same operating system as i

Guy: Oh, it is the same - i have Windows XP.

Me: Ehh ... this is not Windows XP, this is Linux ...

And this is a big of a problem - i am not sure that he understood what i
said. (I must be lucky that he knew what an "operating system" is.)

I am certainly NOT in the camp that hates KDE and Gnome because "they
look too much like Windows". Looking like Windows is not a bad strategy,
when correctly applied. But apparently some people don't even notice
that it's not Windows, so, while it is a success at making the desktop
look easy and familiar, it may also work against the marketing and
branding efforts.

It's food for thought for designers and marketers of Ubuntu and Gnome

Microsoft has a majority market share
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