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July 22, 2006

Why GNU/Linux isn’t mainstream

Filed under: Uncategorized — ubuntudemon @ 10:56 am

But the primary reason that more home users aren’t on Linux is because they don’t use Linux at work.

So, in my opinion, Linux will never be mainstream until Evolution or some other email client offers full-fledged Exchange compatibility via a real MAPI connection (not OWA) with all the same features and functionality of the current (or next-closest-to-current) version of Outlook.

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I think there are four big reasons why more home users don’t use GNU/Linux. Not in any particular order :
Most computer users are like sheep. They just follow the herd. Most people they know use windows and that’s why they use it also.
There aren’t very much commercial games available for GNU/Linux.
They don’t use Linux at work. IMHO for this to slowly change openoffice.org has to become more popular and better Exchange support is needed.
There’s better OEM support needed. People should have the choice to have Linux installed on their new pc.

IMHO another (smaller) reason why some home users don’t use GNU/Linux is :
Most hardware companies don’t cooperate very well with the open source community. Luckily most GNU/Linux distributions work very well with most hardware out of the box. But some hardware just doesn’t play nice with GNU/Linux.

Here’s the forum thread.

2 Comments »

  1. It seems to me that you right. Not so many games, ports of windows software (autocad, photoshop…) and intellectual lazy.

    Comment by virens — July 24, 2006 @ 9:25 am

  2. […] an earlier related blog post […]

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