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OSNews: Why Linux is Not for You: The Lengthy Rebuttal of a Linux User

Apr 17, 2003, 23:30 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Preston Liam Whels)

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"I'm not a technical writer. I'm not someone who's only used the most well known Operating Systems. And most importantly, I'm not someone who is going to try and convince you that you need to switch to Linux if you're currently using Windows. Let me go one step further... I'm going to tell you why Linux is NOT for you. Hopefully the people I'm talking to will be seeing clearly enough to know who they are by the end of this article.

"I remember not too long ago reading a comment on OSNews, or maybe it was Slashdot, or maybe it was on my own web site. Where it was is not what's important. What is important is not just what it had in it, but how frequently I've seen it. I'm certain you're all familiar with comments like the one I'm talking about and I'm certain you're all familiar with reading it in tens and hundreds of technical writeups over time. The statement at hand goes something like, '... if you want to start seeing Linux on the desktop, the Linux user base is going to have to start saying a little bit more than RTFM to every question that comes their way, especially if you want to take down Redmond (Microsoft).' I'd like for a minute that everyone reading this focus on the last part, the 'especially if you want to take down Redmond' part. I'm not sure when using Linux became synonymous with trying to run Microsoft out of business, but at some point in the past year or so, it did happen. My question to you is, who made it that way...?"

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