[ubuntu-uk] Windows?

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Sat Jan 24 11:23:50 UTC 2015

On 22/01/15 13:52, Barry Drake wrote:
> On 22/01/15 13:43, Dave Morley wrote:
>> Why would it mention Linux it is a report on the Windows 10 tech 
>> review launch yesterday
> Because it mentions Google Chrome and Android - both of which are 
> non-Windows operating systems (and both of which are Linux based).

I think that is an important point. The Word Linux, though it is holy
in my spirit, is not a positive part of the popular general
consciousness. Magazines of a type which cover Windows stuff may also
have a Linux section but it is geek-ified such that most Windows users
continue to feel justified in recoiling in horror, as they are
encouraged to do by the Windows retail ecosystem. Quite naturally,
real geeks who use and love Linux based systems, support and buy
specialised Linux magazines. These are also alongside Windows
magazines on many big book stores. Their presence further justifies,
to the 'helpless' Windows user, that 'Linux' is a particular
specialist culture. In one sense it is. It is also a Kernel. It is
also defended as the Name of an operating system. It is also in my
life as the *basis* of  several operating systems, Android,
Chromebook, and not least (!) Ubuntu.

An element of vagueness, an element of heady earnest discussion of
'differences', and the existence of well funded powerful opposition,
all, unfortunately, sustain a popular meme that 'Linux' is not for
most normal people.

In a public scenario, I use the 'U' word a lot, not the  'L' word.

alan cocks

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