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Linux: What Makes Linux Compelling to Use?

Oct 25, 2010, 12:03 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gene Alexander)

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"This question popped into my head today while I was reading my Linux based RSS feeds and URLs from Digg and Reddit. Almost all Linux based articles that try to "sell" Linux do so by comparing Linux to some other operating system. Not one of these articles I have seen recently attempts to market Linux on its own merits. In some cases, such as politics, comparing yourself to the other guy will work. In other cases, again thinking politics, such comparisons may well blow up in your face. I have been guilty of making these comparisons using Linux and some other operating system myself, but are these comparisons doing what we want? Or are these comparisons doing as much, or more, harm than they are doing good?

"With Linux I think we need to concentrate more on the question of, "Why is Linux good?" and as in the title of the article, "What makes Linux compelling to use?". I think some of us have set up unintended expectations in end-users that try Linux by making comparisons to other operating systems. Based on these comparisons the end-user comes to Linux thinking it is just a no cost, a.k.a. "free", option to that other operating system and ends up disappointed, disgusted and disgruntled when Linux does not perform to false expectations."

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