On 2009-01-30, Doug Mentohl <doug_mentohl@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I have listed some reasons why windows is better than linux for
> non-techies based on my experience and the questions asked to me about
> linux by non-techies ..
1) Which distro to use.
What version of Windows do they need?
This is no more of a problem for Linux than it is for Windows for
the sort of end user that is helpless and prone to be troublesome.
2) Where to get linux.
If a Windows user is not aware that they can get lots of cool
software for free just by downloading it, then they are probably
one of those troublesome users I referenced in #1.
3) How to install Linux.
That's certainly a barrier. Although it's a pretty minor one.
This problem is nothing compared to how difficult it might be
for such a user to re-install Windows again.
4) Configuring desktops and settings.
Non-techies don't do a lot of this to begin with.
Besides, the Windows UI is always changing. If you can't handle
moving from one GUI to another then you are going to be in a bit
of hurt the next time Microsoft decides to gratuitously change
That's why some of us still like the DOS box.
5) Installing Software.
Yes. Linux has a "menu item" that does what it says. This is in stark
contrast to Windows that has the same feature but it doesn't really
deliver. It doesn't do what a naeive person might intuitive assume
based on the name.
6) Installing drivers.
What drivers? They're included.
Some stuff might not be supported. This is a DIFFERENT issue.
7) Playing music files.
This sort of thing is MUCH more seamless in Linux than Windows.
Add video files into the mix and Windows is at a much larger
This bit of FUD is outdated and belongs in a different decade.
8) Playing games.
Yeah... IFF you are a PC gamer.
OTOH, casual gamers can find plenty to distract themselves with
just with the default installed desktop games.
9) Softwares availability.
This puts the U in FUD. Yeah, there might be something that's
not available but what? Will it matter to 99% of users. Will
it matter to 1%?
When you're not aware of, or comfortable with downloading and
trying random stuff from the net this sort of issue sort of
cancels itself out.
10) Difficult to get help.
Well, if you are planning on using your friends as a crutch
of course you have to go with what those people know.
Although some things are just about being "bright" enough to
figure out something you've never worked with before. Plus,
a little abstract understanding goes a long way. It's hard to
know what shiny button to push when you don't understand what
it's supposed to do.
A cablemodem router is a good example of this problem.
ANY partition table will be complete greek to the "where
do I get it crowd". If you can deal with one then you can
deal with any of them.
Most users never touch this sort of thing (or need to).
12) Requires research.
Good results on any platform requires this. Unless you are
always going to go to Doug whenever you want a CD burned, you
will need to be willing to put in some effort and learn something
about what you're working with.
NO! There are no CODICILES of Fight Club! |||
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