Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Was thinking, while trapped on the London Underground this morning, do we really want the massed ranks of Windows users coming over to Linux?
Running through this site, there are numerous posts, but the great enlightened telling me why Linux doesn't cut it, or why Linux isn't ever going to replace windows.. and you know what, I don't think we should really care.
If an individual is unable to circumvent thier issues, and use the resources available to them to resolve an issue, then that's good, and I hope they enjoy using their Windows OS. If Linux doesn't supply that same group of users with the application they are used to using in XP, then this too is also fine.
I'm sort of at a bit of a loss, as to why we need to emulate the Windows environment. for those of us who have managed to move our daily lives over to Linux, probably via numerous distros, i think i'm safe in saying, we are happy where we are at.
You see the neighsayers are missing the basic point of Linux, no one has ever gone on record stating that it all works, no one has ever charged you money with the claim it all works. We know it doesn't work 100%, we know some vendors don't seem to realise the huge market there is in the linux arena, so don't bother writing drivers for thier hardware..
We however, get on and use this OS, for the simple reason, if we wish to change it, we can. We do have a say. and it does work.
There are not 10 reason's i should or shouldn't be using Linux, I should be using it because it works, and its the right tool for me. end of.