Is too much choice getting in the way of Linux' acceptance?
Aug 11, 2009, 22:33 (19 Talkback[s])
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"When someone comes to you asking for help in the migration from
Windows to Linux how do you help them? You might start off telling
them about the fundamentals of Linux, how it came to be, and what
open source means. You will discuss the abundance of applications
available. You will discuss the Linux desktop and how many choices
there are. And that discussion will fuel the first flames of
confusion. When this confusion builds you will eventually come
around to the topic of distributions. It is at this point where you
can finally start showing your newbie the similarities and
differences between Windows and Linux.
"Now, imagine that scenario if you didn’t have to worry
about finally getting to the point where you had to sell the user
on a distribution. Imagine, if you will for a moment, there was
only one “officially sanctioned and supported” Linux
distribution. How much easier would the task of migrating users be?
Not only would you not have to worry about standardization, you
would also speak the same language as other Linux users and