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Linux Myth: Installing “Third Party” Software is “Hard”

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| For this rebuttal we will forget the fact that almost all software in a Linux 
| distribution is “third party”. I believe what those who claim to detest Linux 
| really mean by “third party” are non-free applications from closed source 
| developers and some few FOSS projects not included with major Linux 
| distributions. Surely they do not mean installing on Mandriva some helper 
| application designed on and for Ubuntu. Or certainly they do not mean 
| installing applications that would typically be done by a company’s technical 
| support personnel, like maybe LedgerSMB for business accounting. That would 
| be silly.        



Top 10 Linux FUD Patterns, Part 4

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| Linux FUD Pattern #4: There are no good software titles for Linux
| Looking back, the title of this pattern should have been “There are no 
| popular software titles for Linux”, but in my haste, I typed the word “good” 
| instead of “popular”. This gives the impression that this pattern addresses 
| the quality of Linux software, an issue to be covered later under pattern #6. 
| My apologies.    
| Nonetheless, this statement – as related to the popularity of software 
| titles – is a highly relative one. OpenOffice and Firefox are wildly popular 
| amongst Linux users. They are bundled with nearly every major distribution 
| and receive a lot of press. They are also available for other platforms, and 
| though they do not dominate these market segments, they seem to be gaining 
| popularity.     


Ex-MS security guru to dump Media Center for Linux?

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| Veteran Microsoft security expert, Jesper Johansson, says he may dump
| Microsoft's Windows Media Center in favour of Ubuntu-affiliated LinuxMCE
| after struggling with Redmond's DRM (Digital Rights Management) software.  


Top 10 Linux FUD Patterns, Part 3

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| When you hear the phrase “official support,” what comes to mind? Informative 
| user manuals? A well-staffed call center? But what makes it “official”? This 
| is the second item on my Top 10 List of Linux FUD patterns: the lack 
| of “official” Linux support. The goal of FUD based on this notion is a 
| mixture of fear and uncertainty, to make you believe that using Linux means 
| having no place to turn when a problem occurs.     


Myths Stymie Linux Growth

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| Regardless of the advantages offered by Linux, no one seems to be adopting it 
| wholeheartedly in the business world. What makes that even more fascinating 
| is that the backlash against Windows Vista is not reason enough to fuel the 
| move to Linux.   
| The problem here is that the powers that be have created enough FUD (fear, 
| uncertainty and doubt) about Linux that most decision makers feel it is safer 
| to stick with Windows (including XP). That FUD is fueled by many myths and 
| misconceptions about what Linux can and cannot do.    

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