I’ve taken the linux vs windows element out of the renoise in Linux discussion as it doesn’t really belong there so i just continue right here:
I agree very well with you that Windows is not based upon honest business since day one (read this for your own information: http://www.vanwensveen.nl/rants/microsoft/IhateMS_8.html ) but what i actually try to say is not that i would like to defend Windows but to press on the things that matter for most windows users to step over to Linux which is that it currently is way to cumbersome when it comes to the next step after it has been installed and running.
Actual computer noobs would find any platform cumbersome but this does not mean that simple tasks should become a whole quest asking hours of your time even for the more experienced users.
Just face the fact that Microsoft has indoctrinated people by spoiling them with comprehensive system behavior. People don’t want to RTFM or at least not thick blocks of paperworks that require two hours of attention and concentration just to get your mouse working.
A good example from my own experience, installing Linux on a brand new pc for a client. No problem, this was done very quickly, then i had to install the peripherals:
I spend a whole afternoon just installing Linux printer drivers for a simple MFC-printer from brother and i had to browse various forums and perform various installations methods to have the cups and lpr drivers installed without any errors and when i got that running i still did not figured out why it eventually went okay but happy as it worked out i was not done yet. Some wasting of another few hours were nessesary, trying to undestand why i still couldn’t get it to print to finally figure out i had to manually change the cups config files to let Linux know the right hardware path to the printer to get it going. I had read over 7 different methods to change the cups configuration for that specific brother model only and before i found the actual one that actually helped me out i had to wrestle myself through a lot of copies of the same solution being reposted across several Linux forums around the net. This is even frustrating for me and i can’t believe an average Linux user likes Linux this way…
While Linux may be a lot more stable than Windows and currently not really the center of attention for spyware and malware mobsters, a lot of things are not as obvious as users would expect and if the answer to a problem may be around somewhere online, it is sometimes still seeking for a needle in a haystack. So this whole hardware abstraction method used in Linux is still far from perfect while it could actually be a lot better than windows (considering the fact that Linux has a far better system update foundation frame, driver support could also be as good)
Yes Windows is not something i adore, actually the founders of the Microsoft corp do not have my sole support but they set a tone to the mass that no advanced Linux user can turn:“i want it and i want it now and it does not have to cost me too much energy to get this done”
The mass of people are dumb or/and lazy (excuse me mass of people for my generalising way of stating) and the mass of people determine the biggest marketshare.
I doubt the core Linux community desires the biggest marketshare in the world but i guess they have a whole barnload of STFU for linux noobs that again cry out for the same questions that have been asked over and over again.
So how can this STFU be arranged then? Stealing one idea of Microsoft that doesn’t have copyright: Playing in on the mass-desire by improving the comprehension of Linux and take more manual things out of the hands of the user. Actually it is the most simple solution and the knowledge is over centuries old.
The mass wants an easy solution. Make it, figure out a way of spreading and you get the biggest customer share.