[ubuntu-za] Karma vs Windows 7
wikusc at gmail.com
Mon Oct 26 08:58:40 GMT 2009
The main thing that drew me into the Linux world was the idea of a
community where people not only share their ideas, but also their source
code. I cannot tell you how much my knowledge and coding skills have
improved over the last 18 months when I have started using Linux more
actively and becoming part of the open source community. I am not sure
if anyone mentioned it, I have not read all the long emails, but I think
the sharing and openness of ideas and the great community is one of the
biggest advantages of Linux and should be part of the advertising. I
suppose it is stating the obvious, but to me it is a bigger drive than
the “freeness” of the software.
> All of the previous posts have various degrees of merit, but the key to
> widespread acceptance of Linux in any form is the massive youth market.
> And that implies games. Not Klotzki, Nibbles or Robots, but a huge,
> international effort at porting or creating equivalents of hugely popular
> current games available in the market today. And I'm afraid that WINE or
> Virtualization is NOT the answer. They may work, but are not a simple
> click away for most users.
Although I do not see a solution for this, I agree with Tim. Many young
people are introduced to computers through games and through games they
also learn to use the os. Later when they start using a PC for other
things they are not interested to look for solutions on different os
platforms. My youngest brother is in grade 10 (standard 8 for the old
school guys) and he and none of his friends are interested in Linux due
to the lack of game support. I personally think that the Linux market
will explode if it gets decent gaming support. The only reason why I
still have a windows installation is to play the games that I cannot get
to work in Linux and getting them to work in Linux is sometimes a mission!
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