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Linux and ‘Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome’

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What’s one of the obstacles preventing Microsoft Windows users to make the switch to Linux?

According to Erik Rasmussen — a member of the Milwaukee Linux Users Group and a former member of Microsoft’s Windows Vista Technical Adoption Program (TAP) for Rapid Deployment — said a major obstacle is something that he (and others) call Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome. What is that condition? Simply put, people who suffer from it labor under the impression that certain tasks can only be accomplished with the tools that Microsoft provides.

“I wanted to completely jump off the Microsoft bandwagon,” he said. ” But I still had a few software requirements holding me back. One of the biggest lessons I started to learn was that Microsoft had successfully convinced me that I needed to use a specific software application to accomplish a task (but I came to realize) that there are a lot of different tools in the shop and that many different brands of tools can be leveraged to accomplish a task.

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