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It's Not Magic, It's Work!

15 Feb 2005

Linux Admin

In a conversation with someone over email they said that Linux isn't read for the desktop because it's too hard to install, and the retraining is too expensive. While I agree that Linux/Unix isn't suitable for everyone's desktop now, it's plenty good enough for most.

However, I do agree that an average user can't install Linux and that retraining is expensive. These are not valid arguments against Linux though.

I don't think that Linux is that hard to install, and the current crop are very much easier than than versions of only a few years ago, but to properly set up a computer, and by this I mean any computer including one running Windows, you do need to know what you are doing. It's a myth that "installation" is holding back Linux, the average person in the street has no more idea how to setup a Windows box as they do Linux.

I also totally agree that to change operating system and application set you need to have training. However to change from Windows 95/98/Me to Windows NT/2K/XP requires training, as does skipping a version, such as NT to XP. The different Windows versions are quite dissimilar, and the change is of the same order of magnitude as switching to KDE/Gnome on Linux. As with installation, training is not a barrier, as so few people have any training at all, as their exceptionally poor use of Windows demonstrates.