Originally Posted by born2bwild
Linux is not user friendly, has a very limited range of applications, very limited compatibility with most hardware, usually requires a tech savvy person to be operated, and is associated with hackers....
Yeah... I wonder why. Also, it is not sold on retail laptops and desktops.
Limited for some niche markets, but enough for nearly any normal user, just as good compatibility as Windows for most hardware, my grandma operates it perfectly fine.
Get out of 2007, please.
Originally Posted by born2bwild
Not being user-friendly due to lack of familiarity: Ask 20 random people on the street if they know what Linux is, and they wouldn't know anything about it. How would you expect people to know how to operate it if they don't even know what it is?
People are always afraid of change, so if they see a new UI unlike anything they have seen before, they would opt out of it, and go with the much more familiar Windows or Mac OS X.
Limited availability of Applications: Look how many legitimate applications are available on Linux, and compare the number to those on Windows or even Mac OS X.
Limited Hardware compatibility: Linux does not even come close to the compatibility of Windows, and not only that, many companies do not even develop drivers for Linux.
Association with hackers: Most hackers use Linux OSes, and there are many more hacking tools on Linux OSes than any other.
Difficulty to operate: Although some Linux OSes try to welcome new Linux users such as Ubuntu... most are meant for computer savvy people.
Not available to most on retail: Go to any store and try to find a Linux OS on a computer. Good luck.
Well I covered all my points, and yes, I know what I'm talking about... I had an Ubuntu partition on my PC for nearly a year to see what all the fuss was about.
And I'm not trying to say Linux OSes are bad. They're very good, and most supercomputers run on Linux operating systems.
What I am saying is that there are reasons why Linux is only on 0.70% of PCs.
If I don't know what a BMW is, it doesn't make it harder to drive compared to a Mercedes or Ferarri, does it? Sure, people don't like change but if my Grandmother who kept wondering where "That bar in outlook" went finds it easier to use than Windows, nearly anyone will.
Compare how many applications are ones that do the same thing, for example, IE, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Chromium, etc are all internet browsers, its why Android appears to have a smaller app market compared to iOS.
Okay, name some devices that don't work in any way, some WiFi cards, yes, most TV tuner cards, yes, but I can't think of anything else that has poor support or won't work at all, at least, if you give it a month or so, (Something I increasingly find people having to do with Windows as well anyway...)
Hackers are hobbyist programmers, the news got the wrong word, you're meaning crackers and yeah, they use Linux...Why? It's superior to Windows for their purpose due to its increased security.
It's no more difficult to operate than Windows is, especially for someone who isn't used to either OS and for a power user? It takes a day or two of learning a few commands and you could probably run any distro fine bar Linux From Scratch, it's a perception thing, not an actual fact any more, if you run Linux Mint (Superior to Ubuntu for newer users IMO) like I have for my Grandma...Well, unless you have some very niche uses for your computer, it'll work fine and be very, very easy to use, easier than Windows too because installing programs is done via a single application rather than googling the program and then downloading it.
You serious? Go to any newsagent and go to the computing section, I usually see heaps of books detailing how to install a distro on your computer along with a disc of said distro, add in the fact that nearly everyone who runs Windows just buys the license with their computer and retail presence doesn't matter much.
And which year was that? Windows moves fairly slowly, there hasn't been a major change since Vista came out whereas comparing Ubuntu from then to now would be a massive amount of change.
No, Linux is not perfect and unless someone knows a decent amount of stuff about computers (i.e. Most of the under 30 crowd) then I'd say run Windows if you're used to that, it'll take a large effort to get used to Linux and probably isn't worth it as you have to buy a Windows license when you buy a machine anyway, but to say Linux is less user-friendly than Windows? Nah, using the terminal in Linux is no different from using cmd in Windows, setting up daemons is easier (At least in Arch) than setting up services in Windows...The only thing I find more difficult to do in Linux than in Windows is compile applications and that's because I haven't bothered to learn the commands yet, but how many normal consumers are going to need to compile anything?