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[News] Why GNU/Linux is Not a "Hobbyist's OS"

  • Subject: [News] Why GNU/Linux is Not a "Hobbyist's OS"
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 19:42:37 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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The Hobbyists OS

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| Microsoft's army of apologists like to 
| spread the word that Linux is a "hobbyists 
| OS", so this post is a look at what that 
| means and why it's a label more suited to 
| Windows. The attack is meant to draw 
| attention to the fact that anyone can write 
| code which appears in Linux, inferring the 
| quality of the code is dubious. Basically, 
| it can't be good quality if people outside 
| the corporation write it.
| They try to paint the picture that while 
| Windows just works, Linux needs a lot of 
| tinkering to get anything done. It's 
| pitched at both home users and businesses. 
| For the home user it's about "you have to 
| learn all this stuff, and spend hours 
| fixing it" while the businesses get the 
| "you have your staff PC's down for X hours 
| so they can't be productive, while also 
| spending extra wages on skilled IT people 
| to fix and configure things." The 
| implication is that "Windows is a better 
| investment in man hours, productivity and 
| cost, Linux costs you money."
| How many man hours do you have to spend on 
| Windows doing virus scans, spyware scans 
| etc? How many man hours do you have to 
| spend Googling to find how to remove 
| infection because your chosen protection 
| tools can detect it but can't remove it? 
| How can you assure your customers that 
| their data is not compromised by some 
| spyware your tools can't detect? How can 
| you be assured that the site supposedly 
| giving a solution to a particular virus is 
| not itself a phishing scam waiting to sell 
| you some software if you put your credit 
| card details in or a script laden site 
| ready to dump a whole new payload of 
| malware on your plate?


Microsoft welcomes the pirates and then sinks them? + Linux usage may be wrong?

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| Iâll let you decide, however next time you 
| hear that Linux is âunprovenâ or a 
| âhobbyistâ OS with a 1% market share, 
| remind the person that this unproven 
| hobbyist OS was not only responsible for 
| the rather profitable Avatar film, but also 
| seems to be responsible for considerably 
| more activity than a 1% market share would 
| imply.  Of course on top of that you have 
| government bodies (which we have covered 
| here) switching to Linux, but then as the 
| Microsoft faithful would say, itâs merely a 
| 1% shareâ ;)
| Surprising then that on the majority of 
| tech forums this 1% is always visible, they 
| must be a very busy 1%.



One Day I Will Switch from Apple

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| The iPhone is amazing, iTV shows great promise, and just about every piece of 
| software they make is wonderful. And in spite of all that, one day I see 
| myself switching to Linux.  


Apple: Youâre too dumb to make your own technology decisions

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| I felt exactly the same way when I read Cory Doctorowâs blog post on how 
| Appleâs new iPods have been re-engineered to block synching with Linux. Apple 
| knows better than you. God forbid you should have choice and be able to make 
| some technology decisions for yourself. Of course, Apple is engaged in all 
| sorts of unspeakable acts of walled-garden erection: âOS X may runneth on the 
| Intel platform but thou shalt not runneth OS X on anything but our Intel 
| platform.â Iâd be running OS X in a heartbeat if only I could run it on a 
| notebook with a pointing stick (I hate touch pads).       


After Big Win in Microsoft Case, EU Sets Sights on iTunes

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| An EU spokesman also blamed the record labels, two of which are owned by 
| European companies, for this situation. He told the WSJ in April that 
| regulators considered Apple to be more a victim than a culprit. âThis is an 
| arrangement imposed on Apple by the record companies,â the spokesman 
| said. âThe main focus of our attention is the major record companies.â    

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