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Is too much choice getting in the way of Linux' acceptance?

Aug 11, 2009, 22:33 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"When someone comes to you asking for help in the migration from Windows to Linux how do you help them? You might start off telling them about the fundamentals of Linux, how it came to be, and what open source means. You will discuss the abundance of applications available. You will discuss the Linux desktop and how many choices there are. And that discussion will fuel the first flames of confusion. When this confusion builds you will eventually come around to the topic of distributions. It is at this point where you can finally start showing your newbie the similarities and differences between Windows and Linux.

"Now, imagine that scenario if you didn’t have to worry about finally getting to the point where you had to sell the user on a distribution. Imagine, if you will for a moment, there was only one “officially sanctioned and supported” Linux distribution. How much easier would the task of migrating users be? Not only would you not have to worry about standardization, you would also speak the same language as other Linux users and gurus."

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