[clug] A most interesting read, most interesting

Pascal Klein 4pascal at tpg.com.au
Tue Dec 26 02:09:57 GMT 2006

On Tue, 2006-12-26 at 13:00 +1100, Michael Cohen wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 26, 2006 at 12:26:36PM +1100, Chris Smart wrote:
> > "I'd like to say that I knew this would happen, that it's all part of the
> > plan for world domination. But honestly this has all taken me a bit by
> > surprise."
> > 
> > "Really, I'm not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely
> > unintentional side effect."
> I never understood this whole world domination thing. What do linux users get
> when everyone starts using linux? In my experience most windows users are so
> computer illiterate that they dont really understand what their computer is
> doing anyway. The funny thing is that most of them curse windows when it
> crashes and really dont understand how to fix it when it breaks (very
> frequently) but at the same time they have some kind of religious distrust
> towards linux. Even if linux worked without a hitch and ran everything they
> wanted easily from a pretty gui they would not get over the "linux is harder to
> use than windows" stigma. It is completely unfounded in reality but is common
> among computer illiterates.

<cough>MS "Get the facts" campaign</cough>

Yea, this I guess is a problem in terms of just misinformation rather
than lack of information. I think also the fact that places like the UC
have eight year old+ Redhat boxes (do they even have some ancient
version of KDE or GNOME running on them?) as the first Linux or
GNU/Linux experience for the IT students isn't exactly brilliant either.

> [...]
> [...]

> At the end of the day I am a great believer in helping those who are willing to
> help themselves.

Way to go.

> Another way to look at it is that millions of computer illiterate microsoft
> users benefit me by bringing the cost of mass produced high end hardware down.
> I know that my Dual core 3GHz P4 absolutely flies running linux, and I was able
> to buy it for a couple hundred dollars thanks to millions of windoze users
> substidizing it for me because they need it to run vista properly - so thanks
> windoze users, I really appreciate it.

Maybe we should just leave it as is. :P

> Michael.

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