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Are Linux Users Smarter or is Everyone Else Just Lazy?

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For several years now, I've watched in amazement as two different groups of technology fans have exchanged blows back and forth on the mainstream readiness of the Linux desktop.

On the one hand, we have the crowd that has managed to find countless reasons why switching to Linux remains difficult or impossible, despite expressing desire to do so. On the other side of the coin, we have people who've managed to migrate to the Linux desktop full-time without too many troubles. (I’m in this second group.)

Now I find myself asking the question: why is there a rift between the two groups? Both groups say they want to use Linux, yet only some of them have managed to take the leap of faith needed.

In this article, I will look closely at common objections, workplace software lock-in, and personal preferences for possible answers. I will also be acknowledging not only the strengths of the Linux desktop, but many of its weaknesses as well.

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