Continuing a series of guest posts sparked by a discussion over at the Hampshire Linux User Group. This turned out to be the best argued thread that we've had in some time, and worth wider reading. Here is Lisi's response to Ally Biggs question.
Do you guys ever think there will be a day that Linux will be as popular as Windows in the desktop market?It will take a long while in the consumerist "west", but the developing
countries are starting to use it. (Brazil, China, India to name but a few -
but a few who comprise a large percentage of the world population.
Why don't the developers standardise a distribution for the home user i.e same package manager and packages?Because it is free as in libre? If I don't want to use Ubuntu (and I don't) I can just use something else. Package managers are not all identical as you own. But how will you standardise when things are free? Vic would probably take up arms to support the rpm system, as I would the apt. The important point is that we have the choice.
Say what you have done to help yourself, and say that you would need help with any suggestion that needs the command line, and you will get a lot of help. Older people may forget that you have probably had very little experience of the command line. Those of us who are longest in the tooth had been using computers for some time before the GUI was invented.
I made the transition from Windows with an enormous sigh of relief. No-one who has not had to live with Windows 95 can understand the true benefit of Linux. My husband tells people: "When she used Windows she was always getting angry with the computer. Now she is using Linux she has to find
something else to get angry about."
So how did you guys learn Linux?