Re: Linux has a long way to go before it becomes the major OS
From: Guy Macon (http://www.guymacon.com)
Date: Sun, 08 Feb 2004 11:18:20 -0800
Ben Measures <firstname.lastname@example.org> says...
>1. Windows is "taught" at schools. The most common OS, Windows, is
>familiar when you get to the workplace.
Eventually the corporations will look at the cost of a Windows
license and a MS Office license and go to the alternative with
lower licensing costs - and "zero" is a nice number!
>2. Drivers are made for Windows. Your new hardware will only work in the
>most common OS, Windows.
As a hardware designer, I am well aware of this issue. We hardware
designers have our own solution; hardware standards. You don't
need a custom driver for a new model of IDE hard disk or CD-ROM any
more; The EIDE and ATAPI standards took care of that. Eventually
we will standardize all hardware interfaces. It makes economic sense
>3. Applications are made for Windows. If you want to run much commercial
>software eg. banking software, you have no choice but to run the most
>common OS, Windows.
Every time WINE gets better, this problem is reduced. We have a long
way to go, but the end is in sight.
>As soon as Windows isn't the most common anymore, those three crutches
I agree 100%. I just wanted to list some additional factors.
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