As has been said many times, "Linux is not Windows".
9 times out of 10, it comes down to cost. Sometimes you have to set yorself on the path of learning something new. Many people don't like to do this. They are really good at such and such in Windows, but when you take someone out of their element, they get scared and most times panic and flee. I chose to still myself and learn, not unlike many of you have done.
Now the only reason I have Windows on my machine is because my Pre-Teen decided he had to spend his money on an iPod Shuffle. (I tried GTKPod, but it wouldn't recognize his Shuffle) Now once a week, I boot into Windows 7 just to be bombarded by this weeks gamut of Security Updates, Maintain my McCaffee Anti-Virus and download the latest and greatest Apple iWhatever so that my son can have the iPod he thought he needed so badly. (the things we do for our kids. LOL)
The discussion at hand: , "Why do new people give up on Linux?"
I have to believe, that they just don't want to take the time to learn something new. If I would have done that on my job, I doubt I would still have it.
Understanding, that this is not the same circumstances, but today's economy has brought a lot of people in to the Linux World. Windows 7 was out, and would require additional RAM, and XP would soon loose support. That's where I came from.
Initially, I chose Linux for the Price, free, as in beer, but now I choose Linux because everthing I did in Windows, I can do in Linux. I can also do it a lot faster, and that means my machine will be very efficient in the years to come, and "No!" I'm not a Gamer. I use my machines for Productivity, the intended purpose of a PC, in my opinion, and GNU/ Linux is an Excellant Choice for me.
I used to buy a new Computer about every three years. This one will go atleast another ten with a Linux Mint OS. That is not only a short time investment, but a long term investment as well. With every new Windows release, it will continue to demand more resources and plug along, but Linux will only optimize what it has, and still use less space.
Nobody wants, or needs to take the time to learn a new OS, as long M$ and Apple are still in charge of their Wallets. I personally like to control my own finances, more Bills are paid that way, and the money I donate to various Projects is used to better my experiance as a User. I also know that it goes to the "Project" instead of buying a new Winter Cabin for some Executive that could care less how I feel about their OS.
Challenge your mind People. Embrace GNU/ Linux for what it is. Freedom of Choice. Unless, of course, you don't like choice, then stick with that other OS, whatever it may be. You want to play games, go buy an XBox Whatever. You want to be Productive, and still play a game every now and again. Come on over to Linux. It's your choice. Nobody is making you do anything, except maybe learn something new. The day you stop learning, will be the day you have nothing else to live for.
Lovin The Ride,
Last edited by Dave68
on Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:25 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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