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Welcome Windows Users - Adapt or Die!?

Dec 15, 2008, 22:02 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Lake)

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"New users coming in with preconceived notions and hard wired habits from their Windows life will inevitably desire the Linux and FOSS world to fit into their narrow little mold rather than sliding comfortably into ours. We, the users of Open Source, have learned to be flexible, and are willing to adapt to meet a particular model, method, or mold as needed. But what Windows users, and some companies, demand of us many times is untenable.

"But despite our will to keep Open Source pure, change is coming, and it will inevitably alter how we work, think, act, and operate in the FOSS world. But all hope is not lost. The traditional ideological core of Open Source will likely remain the same for a long time to come. However, it will also find itself driven to the fringe as most new users coming in will not only not share that belief, but may actually kick against it, having been well trained by the big proprietary corporations to accept what is wrong and treat it as though it is right."

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