[Nottingham] Better than Windows? was: Response on awareness day

Matthew Walster matthew at walster.org
Thu Nov 3 03:28:17 GMT 2005

On Thursday 03 November 2005 01:54, Martin wrote:
> Just someone to say hello and explain that there is something better
> than Windows is a very useful and good start.

It's only better than Windows to a geek, or to someone who was forced to use 
it for a while.

To a 50-year-old exec, it's different, and therefore costly in terms of 

To a 30-year-old office worker, it's not 100% compatible with the documents 
that pass over their desk each day - although this is changing.

To a 15-year-old kid at school, it can't play Battlefield 3000, so it's 
useless. Cedega is NOT the answer - have you TRIED using that? Not 
user-friendly (and it doesn't support WWIIOnline, so it doesn't get my 

To be honest, it's better to us, because we have either the time and/or 
inclination to try something different, because we're geeks. The only way to 
get Linux on the modern desktop in real-world is if it's installed by a 
network admin, or the person knows enough to work out how to install it on an 
old computer.

Linux is not ready for the average desktop. It's f**king close, but it's not 
ready. Now that eBuyer et al have started selling Linux PC's by the shedload, 
maybe things will change.

Hey, Microsoft only control the desktop market because of Office, and because 
of games. (Almost) Everything else has a cross-platform equivalent.

YMMV, yadda yadda yadda.

Matthew Walster
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