Diagmato wrote:Whenever i try and correct any of these claims, i end up looking like a complete idiot, as everyone else who was in the room also thought it was obsurd that something like Linux could exist. "Why would anyone work for free?" .
Yep, the few people at work that I've mentioned about OSS have said the same thing, why would anyone do it, it must be crap. Happened only last thurday.
I then tell them that I just installed a totally free version called ubuntu onto my brothers laptop and he is totally computer illiterate but uses office, email, web etc without the need to spend any money or have any AV stuff running.
I installed dapper flight 6 last week for him, works fine on a P266 with 144MB RAM and a pcmcia 56k modem.
Honestly, my bro can turn on a machine use word and a hotmail account and thats it. But he's now using many more apps and liking it a lot. Linux aint ready for the desktop, next year will be the year of the desktop blah blah. If you want it, its already here and has been for a while.
mmm, sorry, don't have any good arguments or stats etc.
Maybe LXF should do an Advocacy article, you occasionally have jono bacon do stuff and thats all he seems to bang on about these day's, bung him a few quid and you could get a reasonable article out of it, something we could all use points from.