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Old 24. May 2018, 06:33 PM   #11 (permalink)
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You have to choose a distro - that's the first problem...
I chose my current Linux OS (MX-16) mainly because when I tried a live version on a DVD everything worked; most notably the Wi-Fi connection and printer. Several other different distros just wouldn't connect to the Internet or recognise my printer - Linux Mint Xfce 17.3 is one such OS that failed to do the basics.

I agree that there are simply too many distros and DEs which serve only to confuse potential users.

Regarding Windows software, I don't miss any accept my beloved PS which I can access by booting back into my old XP workhorse. All my updates are downloaded automatically and install without a hitch and without the need for rebooting the system.

Add the fact that I don't need to constantly update and scan my HDD with an antivirus makes using my PC a real joy! I simply couldn't go back to Windows after using Linux for the past 18 months and enjoying the ride.
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Old 25. May 2018, 12:59 AM   #12 (permalink)
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This is the bit I still don't understand.
Change is harder even if there is a positive net benefit for doing so. The move from a familiar Windows setup to an unfamiliar Linux setup is too costly for most people in the short-term.

It has surprised me how most people I know are now more dependent upon their Windows systems than ever before. For example, I was helping a friend to get an Android tablet when I found out that she relies upon iTunes which requires either Windows or MacOS*. I find it ironic that Apple are helping to keep users on Windows. It is also ironic that in a search of local products the system with the best price-performance is a cheap Windows notebook which she now happily owns.

* I know that WINE is an option to run iTunes in Linux but not for this basic user.
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Change is harder even if there is a positive net benefit for doing so.
This is very true. Many years ago during my management degree course we spent more time with the 'overcoming employee resistance to change' module than any other.
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At least with the arrival of KDE 5.13 we appear to be getting a more functional product albeit still flat and boring compared to KDE4.

With Igor's estimated 2-3x less system use than Gnome, hopefully this will kill Gnome3 off permanently.

http://www.ocsmag.com/2018/05/26/pla...-sweet-plasma/
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