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Windows Legacy Apps vs. Linux Desktop Adopters?

Nov 15, 2010, 20:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"In a previous article on Linux-Window desktop competition, I shared my thoughts on why desktop Linux shouldn't focus on competing with Windows. Not because Linux can't compete, but because Linux can stand its ground on its own merits without being held against Windows for comparison. I believe most groups within the Linux community can agree on, despite their differences on other issues.

"Now let's ask a bigger question. Is it not possible that the real culprit that prevents people from trying new platforms like Linux is actually due to legacy software and familiarity with the Windows desktop? Seems plausible that the above hurdles could be a common challenge faced by prospective Linux adopters, does it not?

"Let's dig in a bit deeper.

"Diving into the unfamiliar

"Think back to when you first started using Linux on your desktop. Unless you already had some Unix training in your background, the odds are pretty good that you were coming from Microsoft Windows and looking for greener pastures."

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