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Old 19. Mar 2009, 12:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I think that the main problem with Linux is the huge number of distros available. If a user wants to try Linux out, he would be overwhelmed by the number of distros, and confused too, as to which one he should choose. The diversity acts more to the disadvantage of Linux, since each distro has its own package manager, or other things different to the other distros. This makes it quite difficult. In contrast, there is only Windows to choose in case of MS Windows. If someone wants to go for Windows, he would just go for XP, or Vista, and there is not much difference in the way they operate, or the way they manage things.

And Linux is really not for the average users at all. Things are not simple, right from installation. Although things are improving, and tasks are being more and more simpler, but still, the fact remains that, the real power of Linux lies in the command line. That's its USP. And that thing won't change I think. To utilize the full power of Linux, you have got to make use of the command line. And that is not for average users. To use Linux, certain amount of knowledge, and reading, about Linux, about its command line, about its style of operation... its necessary to know that.

Thats why its still being difficult for Linux to become a main-stream OS, or OS for normal/average users, like windows. But still, all these points do not
hinder the fact that Linux is a great and excellent OS... its secure, its powerful, its efficient, in the hands of the one who knows about it.
Most people might not know, but internet was started because of Unix. Almost all of the web servers today are Unix/Linux machines.

Linux will stay, but to reach an OS status like Windows and permeate into the mainstream to reach normal users, there is still time for it. Hope the things improve soon.
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