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A couple of reasons why people don't switch to Linux: <br>
* Cost. This isn't a big factor for people since they mostly still
think a computer should cost $1200+. The $100 MS tax is just thought of
as part of the cost of the computer. <br>
* Applications. I use photoshop and the Gimp doesn't compare. I use
Word and Open Office feels skeletal(they really need a better text to
* The learning curve. The vast majority of people don't learn for fun.
They want all those skills they learned from Windows to still work on
their distro of Linux.<br>
Probably the best thing for Linux on the consumer side is Trusted
Computing and more restrictive DRM. When people are forced to pay for
all the copyrighted content they copy and the software they've used
outside the strict confines of EULA, they will understand that the
black box they've been using has some nastiness inside and it's
designed to cost them lots more than $100. Freedom in software will
then begin to matter amongst the general public. They'll value open
source code as a form of personal freedom. Hopefully at that time,
switching to Linux will be as simple as a single click.<br>
Sarah Mei wrote:
<pre wrap="">_Fully_ automated? You don't get that on MS-Windows, either -- nor
would you want it, I think.
Actually, it can be fully automated without so much as a confirmation
dialog, if you want, on Windows 2000 and later, I believe. Would I
personally want it so? No, but I set it up that way on all my
relatives' computers. :-)
<pre wrap="">Why don't you just try your luck with one or two of the desktop
distributions, and see for yourself? It's much more meaningful and
useful than prolonged tire-kicking via mailing list threads.
Sure. Well, my question's been answered: modern distributions by and
large all have some approximation of this feature. The last time I
installed Linux, lo these many years ago, this was not the case.
And lastly, while I appreciate your input, if you don't find this
discussion about a specific feature of Linux meaningful or useful, you
always have the option of just not participating.
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