Selling Linux to Windows Users
dotancohen at gmail.com
Tue Dec 9 18:43:40 UTC 2008
2008/12/9 Derek Broughton <news at pointerstop.ca>:
>> I don't care about that, I am an end user. I am not out to save to
>> world. Sorry.
> You should be. We all have an obligation to our fellows...
I should spend more time with my family. I should do a lot of things.
I'd never get to them all.
>>> Monopoly, and other low life business acts.
>> Monopoly is not a low-life business act. It is the goal of every
> I can't let that go. Monopoly is NOT the goal of every business. I
> have a business. My _goal_ is to feed my family. I would be thrilled
> if I could grow the business and feed a few other families, but it's not
> my primary goal. Monopoly _is_ a low-life business act, which is why
> even the heartl of capitalism, the USA, has laws against it (toothless,
> true, but laws all the same).
Debatable, but I won't get into that here.
>>> Looking at the best software on the market, copy it,
>>> extend it and drive the first maker out of business (legal
Business as usual.
>> Just what FOSS devs would do to MS, no?
> No. There are some people who talk that way, but we all _know_ that
> FOSS is never going to monopolize a market, and when you think about it,
> it isn't even possible, because somebody will _always_ fork the code
> base to go in a different direction, which will be hated by some and
> loved by others.
>> Or engineering software, or printer support, or those extra mouse
>> buttons, or that webcam, or that IE-only banking website. I could go
>> one (others have).
> The first is really irrelevant - users with specialized needs have always
> used specialized equipment. Engineers buy the infrastructure that
> supports their tools, not vice versa. Home users, otoh, buy systems and
> then throw software on them.
I would like to believe that people buy the software that does what
they need. However, from my experience people do what the software
they have can do.
> Printer support is also largely immaterial - you could never expect to
> trade your PC for an Apple (at least in the old PPC days) and have the
> old printer work on it, and it's no different with Linux. If the vendors
> sell working PCs with Linux on them, they'll get working printers with
> the package - there _are_ plenty to choose from.
There are plenty to choose from- if you are looking for a Linux
printer. But evangelists who recruit new Linux users aren't going to
replace the user's printer for a Linux-compatible model. They will
complain that it is somehow the printer's fault that it doesn't work
with this OS that is so great and can replace everything the evil
> Mouse buttons? OK, I admit I've just started using a 5-button mouse
> with two dead buttons, but I'll be amazed if I can't actually make them
> do something.
You can _make_ them work. Can my 74 year old mother in law?
>>>> And those who need those freedoms can use their FOSS programs on
>>>> Windows. What freedom-giving Linux software does not run on Windows?
In any case, KDE is a desktop environment, not an application that
_does_ anything. The individual components such as Kate, Kontact, and
Amarok are distinct applications and they can be run on Windows.
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