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LinuxWorld: Dumbing down Linux - Is widespread acceptance worth being Windows-like?

Apr 05, 2000, 23:48 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"There are a lot of values that I would not want Linux to lose as it moves to a more central position on the world's desktops. But I don't believe that is really what is happening with the Corel products or others like them. It is simply that those offerings are targeting a specific audience: those who are using Windows today."

"My response to such complaints comes in two parts. First, do we want to see Linux continue to grow market share on the desktop as well as in the server? If the answer is yes, then I suggest that it can only grow as dumbed down versions and applications that today's Windows users can install and use without feeling unduly intimidated. If the answer is no, then a lot of the work being done today to make Linux easier to use can come to a screeching halt."

"Assuming the answer to the first part is yes, then I will move on to my next point. I don't want to see Linux become like Windows either. I don't want to give up the speed, robustness, and flexibility that were my primary motivations to try Linux in the first place. And I certainly don't want to see it become a closed, proprietary product. But making applications familiar to Windows users doesn't necessarily mean Linux will become like Windows in any of those ways."

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