Welcome Windows Users - Adapt or Die!?
Dec 15, 2008, 22:02 (5 Talkback[s])
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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."