Originally Posted by Rookie1337
That would destroy consumptionism and pretty much all of the current format of economics. I actually feel like that plays into the whole reason Linux isn't mainstream. If people are required to know so much about their technology then that's probably too much for the limited capacity of the human brain and would likely make them less effective at whatever they were supposed to have specialized at. That's kind of the whole direction we've been moving...I don't have to know how to fish, gut, clean, and prep meat anymore so I can go out and become skilled in some job that someone else who can fish, gut, clean, and prep doesn't want to do and make money to spend on that food that cost me nothing in knowledge, time, or effort. Everyone "benefits". I like Linux a lot but I think the fact that it requires more time in one way or another (when you start getting towards the more complicated things or having to fix bugs/glitches) puts it at odds with the overall trend of society. The trend is overspecialization; meaning near ignorance in all areas but the one a person chooses to specialize in. I've come to realize that is the reason that MS will likely fall is because Windows is still more difficult than Android, OSX, iOS have been made to be for most people. As much as I hate it...I know that the reason people choose those OSes is because it only cost them money. There is no real effort or knowledge required. Things may not just work...but they don't have to know anything to get them to work (by having others fix things or by clicking something in a GUI)
Just like hobbyist car, audio, and OCing...if it requires work out of the end user; don't expect it to become a mainstream thing.
Yet, basic computer knowledge isn't a hobby anymore. It's almost hard to find a job that doesn't require computers and some decent knowledge of use of them, outside of hard labor.
People seem to get confused that just because they grew up with windows that they didn't have to learn to use it. Much like I learned to use Linux at an early age, learning Windows second was a much bigger challange.
But in all honesty how many average people know how to do anything on a computer other than click a web browser icon, or IM icon? In that respect both are equal. They are both equal as well that they (for the most part) have start buttons. Linux imo takes the edge for sorting, as it groups programs based on their usage ( internet, office, games, etc ) where windows just lists the program names in a giant list that seemingly lists them randomly with no real order outside of install date. Everything the average person needs is installed by default in most distro's such as Mint and Ubuntu, Windows can't really say that, unless we're counting windows messenger ( the old one, do they even still include that anymore? ) and an outdated outlook express. No office tools for writing up decently detailed papers, most Linux distro's / DE's at least bundle Libre/Open Office these days.
How many average people actually call Microsoft support? If people actually did that and they were even the slightest bit helpful, I'd be out of business.
And I've converted a good bit of my family from my 50 year old mother to my 80 year old grandparents and all of them have had no trouble. And honestly still think they're on Windows ( with a different name ) for the most part.
Which I think is what it mostly comes down to. If you tell someone somethings different, they freak out and start rambling on about not knowing how to use it and blah blah blah, when they already have that knowledge, they just don't know it because they've never had to really think about it
Everything in this life requires some work out of the mainstream user. Every job you've ever taken will be skills added to your arsenal, notches in your belt. Just because you didn't want to gut and scale a fish and let someone else do it, doesn't mean it worked out for everyone. You passed up a chance to add another skill set to what you bring to the table. If the world were to now come to a hault as we know it and back to old times, you would starve as you passed up the chance to learn how to prepare basic food. While the guy who took your place would basically be relished as a god, and be able to not only feed himself but provide for a town. Bad example maybe, but lessons should never be passed up for any reason, you only lose in the end.