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Why Training Really Is a Barrier to Linux

Feb 24, 2011, 21:34 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

[ Thanks to Amy Bennett for this link. ]

"When I read with disappointed interest the news that the German Foreign Office had decided to migrate back to Windows after having deployed Linux on their office desktops in 2005, my immediate reaction was one of resignation.

"That's a change from my younger days, when I would see such reverse migrations as carefully staged Microsoft PR events designed purposely to embarrass Linux on the desktop. I would hear comments such as "it was too hard to train users" on Linux and cries of "FUD!" and "Hokum!" would sail out from my keyboard.

"Training people to use Linux, I would reason, is no harder than training them to use Windows or OS X. Any statements to the contrary, I would further argue, were merely playing to the cameras. Such brashness came from my experience in learning all sorts of platforms from scratch. And there's where I went wrong."

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