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Photo: The real reason Linux isn't 'mainstream'


Found this photo from TechDigest via reddit, and it puts a nice, clear visual explanation out there for why Linux is not included in this new 'PC versus Mac' ads that Apple is running:

The problem with Linux

For the record, the dude on the right is computer consultant, Linux enthusiast and COSPlayer Jay Maynard, AKA TronGuy. And yes, that suit does in fact light up. Ladies and gentlemen, the face of Linux.

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16 comments
AspDotNetDvlpr
AspDotNetDvlpr

So true, so true :) I about spit my soda out on seeing that one!!

kovachevg
kovachevg

Yes, the author has a point - Linux is still perceived to be for techies, not for suits. This argument will not fly away until solid, user-friendly, PC- Mac-like Linux solutions get to be called SLICK. You, Linux people, face the fact technology is also STYLE, not just gears, perfectly written lines of code, or superb concepts. Just look at the car industry and you will know what I'm talking about.

SteveTheWirePuller
SteveTheWirePuller

The linux guy is a little incomplete with out those. Maybe a cape. And maybe more shoulder pads. And maybe ahhhh, stop me! It's too much fun.

Jaqui
Jaqui

than the mac vs pc spoof presentation of linux and bsd. http://tv.truenuff.com/mac/ editing to add: there are two linux mentions and one bsd mention in the set of spoofs.

Samuel C.
Samuel C.

What do you mean by PC? All Major Business are using Linux on Servers, Because it Works. And Mac's (PC?) use Mac OS-X a Linux-Unix Friendly OS. And Part of Nokia's Success has been Symbio OS that is Linux based.

LouCed
LouCed

Until folks can buy a PC pre-loaded with Linux, be able to buy a few games conviniently and have an office alternative that is 100% compatible with NO tweaking whatsoever, Linux will not be a home system of choice.

joe
joe

There are already a number of Linux distros that look as good as, or better, than any MS OS and can even rival the OS X. ---===--- The real difficulty is that while both MS and Apple started with single user, single task foundations Linux, due to it's UNIX ancestory, is coming from multiuser, multitasking beginnings. The former two are adding the abilities but still focus on the user sitting at the computer. *NIX systems are built for users sitting all over the place BUT behind the computer.

joe
joe

The only things he's missing are his frisbie and "bit". The light cycle would be cool but I that would be a bit much.

aa8vs
aa8vs

I guess you missed on GM, does not run any form of Linux on anything... We use Unix for some servers in the future will be migrating to MS where possible

dawgit
dawgit

no, that dude does NOT represent Linux at all. Does he look like a University Prof.? (since Linux is used quite extensivly in Unis. and schools.) Does he have a geekie Pony-tail? Does he look like a super-multi-milionaire business type? (Linux is the sys of businesses) Does he look like the operator of one the Worlds top 100 Super Computer? (Last I checked all were 100% Unix/Linux) hummmm. Wrong.

thumbknuckle
thumbknuckle

So basically, Microsoft is right when they assume that folks are dumb, lazy pirates. Does this mean that the US Government really DOES represent the people?

Pama7879
Pama7879

Not for the home, because most users don't want to be bothered to learn the technology... a natural inclination for people who just want to do something without really caring about the tool that let's them do it. As Mac lover Douglas Adams said: "We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works." Yes yes... Linux works... but to some extent you need to know how it works

daveo2000
daveo2000

MS Office is an insane array of features that most home users either don't want and disable or often can't figure out how to turn off and get frustrated with. If you need a home machine that has an Office Productivity Suite, a Browser, a mail client and a few more simple items; there are sufficient distros of Linux to satisfy most. And if you aren't in the mood to change OSs right off the bat, you can install OpenOffice 2.1, FireFox and Thunderbird on your Windows machine since those are freely available on both platforms. "Unfortunately", you can't do that the other way around since MS doesn't offer MS Office, Internet Explorer or Outlook for Linux. No tweaking? That isn't even true of Windows.

LouCed
LouCed

I agree with all you said, but... :) When I speak to people and tell them about MS Office alternatives, they are not interested. "At work we use MS Office, so that is what I need." The only reason IE is still so widely used even with its numerous security holes is that something would have to be installed. The average (majority?) user has no interest in any of the internals; they just want it to work. As far as Linux, the most common reply is that until they can buy their software at best buy, etc., they are not interested. The vast majority of folks don't tweak windows at home, and at the office there is usually an IT or knowledgeable guy that does the needful. If PC tech went to the best, we would all be using Amigas.