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osOpinion: A Different Approach to World Domination

Feb 28, 2000, 07:52 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Cobb)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"This is an open letter to Linux User Groups across the country and around the world. These words are meant not really as a solution to a problem but rather a starting point for further discussion. What I offer here is one possible method of spreading the word about Linux in a very powerful way while earning money for the user groups. What will it cost? Nothing but a bit of the time the guru's would wind up spending with Linux anyway."

"Consider the software developer population as it stands now. Using the typical Us vs Them yardstick, there are Linux people and there are Windows people (apologies to users of other OS's; this is not a slam but a generalization). There are system administrators who know that Linux is a better choice and PHB's (Pointy Haired Bosses) who don't. What I would like to point out is that there is another, very powerful segment of the developer population that seems to be currently unaccounted for: programmers stuck in jobs coding for Windows who want out. There are more of us out there than you think...."

"One of the charges frequently placed against Linux is that is it difficult for the average user to use and administer. The commonly taken path in this case is to making fancier GUIs and such. Rather than lowering the initial-knowledge requirement for the operating system, why not raise the level of knowledge in new users? Which is more desirable (and more likely to derail the Microsoft brain-washing), a dumbed-down operating system or smarter users?"

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