Wednesday, October 7, 2009

This Linux thing is getting out of hand.

People are slowly realising that Linux is out there. They might not be installing it en masse but they are aware of it. Ten years ago if you asked someone on the street what is Linux most people would not have a clue. However, today this does not seem to be the case anymore. People know that Linux is an operating system. They might not be well informed about it or know where to get it but it is in their vocabulary. This is definitely a good thing. Slowly Linux is getting into people's consciousness even without the huge marketing of large corporations such as Microsoft and Apple computers. There is much more debate going on about Linux. Many forums, Blogs and websites dedicated to the subject. More people are trying Linux out on their systems and the good news is a lot of people are sticking with it. They are realizing that it is a very good operating system with tons of applications. The year 2010 might not be the year of the Linux desktop but as I wrote in my previous article it doesn't matter at all. The spread of Linux will not come in one year but it will be a gradual transition. Each year few more people install it and stick with it. Then they tell their friends and so on. Right now Linux is about 2% of the desktop computer market and is definitely on the increase. It is an emerging market and is changing the computer industry. Open Source has a lot of potential and is a revolution in itself. This Linux thing is getting out of hand. People are actually realising that it is a great alternative to Windows and Mac OS. They are installing Linux and sticking with it. The future for Linux looks very bright and promising.

7 comments:

  1. Yes, Linux is gaining ground, slowly but surely. I just installed Ubuntu on a Windows machine last weekend, my 6th installation on friends and neighbours machines. It was for an older lady who knows basically nothing about computer. She was on Windows ME, she didn't like it, she didn't like the fact that she had to protect her machine with antivirus and antispyware programs. I told her about Linux, showed her my Ubuntu installation on my machine (we live in the same building). She liked it, but thought at first that she'd have to buy it. I told her it was free, that I had the discs here and could install it on her machine. She was hesitant and guess what changed her mind. My 9 year old daughter, who's got Ubuntu on her own computer and showed the lady what she could do with it. That decided her. She said: "If a 9 year old can run Ubuntu, so can I." So last Saturday I spent a few hours at her place installing Ubuntu. I went back to her place this morning to check things out and everything runs smooth.

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  2. It is a nice thought, but I still get the "deer in the headlights" look when I mention Linux. Yes, I agree that computer savvy people are becoming more aware, because they read on-line and generally want to expand their knowledge. But, for the vast majority of your Windows users, they have no clue what Linux is and don't want to have a clue. However, it is most gratifying when you manage to actually convert someone and they like it and the support calls typically drop to very few or none at all.

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  3. I switched to Linux full time in spring and I have never looked back. I started with Mandriva and I am now using Mint Gloria. I have since installed it on my partners old Toshiba and my 6 year old daughter is comfortable with it. I would definitely recommend Linux to anyone who is fed up of Windows and it's security issues.

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  4. I dumped Windows 2 1/2 years ago. What a relief. No more Blue Screens of Death - everything just works. And that's supposed to be Apple's line, but I've found that with Linux it's true too.

    I'd recommend trying out more than just Ubuntu (not that there's anything wrong with it), there's some really neat stuff available now with alternate desktops (Moon OS, Dream Linux, XUbuntu, etc).

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  5. surely linux is gaining ground. for last 1 year i have been using linux. Great thing about this is u have so many varieties of linus OS, almost all of them are free. I have tried RedHat, OpenSUSE, Fedora, CentOS and I have enjoyed them all. You dont need any anti virus. But u will not have ur yahoo messengers,, web chats on linux

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  6. You can use messengers on linux, in fact pidgin instant messenger supports them all

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  7. The thing that is having the the most impact is all the netbooks, cellphones and hand held devices that are coming out with Linux on them. Now it is not just geeks pushing it, it is recognized companies that are legitimizing it to the masses.

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