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Linux Doesn't Cost Anything - But Maybe It Should

Jul 09, 2010, 18:36 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Elbert Hannah)


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"Linux is easy to learn, highly capable of fulfilling a typical computer user's needs, and 100 percent free. So why is it that Linux still has such a miniscule share of the overall desktop market? Maybe its gratis nature has been keeping it down. It seems that when consumers don't know enough about a product, they judge it by its cost -- and "free," at least on a subconscious level, translates to "not as good."

"Discussions, theses, theories and memes abound around Linux's inability to gain traction in the desktop marketplace. Some think the Linux Desktop is too hard to learn (it's not). Others say Linux Desktop is deficient (it's not). Linux elite (or 1337) say Linux wasn't really meant for the general users anyway (not true). Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) says Linux in general is evil (see the Halloween Memo) (oh, and by the way, it's not).

"I submit yet another theory: Linux isn't expensive enough!"

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