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Subject: [aclug-L] Re: Reactions to the following?
From: Tom Hull <thull@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2002 14:37:15 -0600
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John Alexander wrote:
> No need to, it runs fine for me under WINE. My honest impression and gut
> feeling is that Linux won't take off for the average joe/joan until the
> install matches Windows '9x in simplicity, with all the inherent
> assumptions. But then, do we all want our OS to be making all of those
> assumptions for us?

The main thing Windows' installation has going for it is that hardly
anybody actually installs Windows themselves -- it comes pre-installed.
Side-by-side there's not a lot of difference between Windows and a Linux
like Mandrake -- the main difference being that Linux supports dual-boot
and comes with a zillion application packages.

Linux desktops will take off when you can buy 'em pre-installed at
places like Walmart. I realize that the software is not everywhere
as good as one would wish, but I don't think the real problem is the
software -- it's Microsoft's ability to monopolize the distribution
and support channels. I.e., mindshare.

 *  Tom Hull * thull at *
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