Tech talk: One billion Windows users can be wrong

by on July 29, 2007 · 6 comments· LAST UPDATED July 29, 2007

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This article (via lxer) talks about Microsoft latest FUD and how they never stop treating Linux users as idiots. Probably not while it treats its own users in the same fashion. Just take a look at the latest FUD to arrive from the Microsoft chiefs of staff - Kevin Turner, COO, claims that Vista is most secure Windows operating system ever.

Dear Mr. Turner, there is no such a thing called most secure operating system. You can just make attackers job hard, period. (keep in mind that you also need to secure Linux/BSD/UNIX oses).

And yes Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer claimed that there will be a billion machines running Windows within a year. Few days back I had played with Vista, which has many GUI features from OSX and Compiz. Anyway 1 billion software sale is quite huge, IMHO:

The install base of Windows computers this coming 12 months will reach 1 billion," Ballmer told the group. "If you stop and just think about that, parse that for a second, by the end of our fiscal year '08, there will be more PCs running Windows in the world than there are automobiles.

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1 be4truth July 30, 2007 at 10:36 am

There are millions of people drinking Coca Cola. Does that make it better? Does that mean a large number guaranties quality. If I look around,the opposite seems to be more true.
Windows is on almost every computer not because it is good but because it was one of the first operating systems available and because of Microsoft’s busyness practises which are way below what open source would go for. It is a question of integrity whether one offers a good product or does everything to stay in busyness.

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2 nixCraft July 30, 2007 at 9:32 pm

Well put my friend!

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3 MLeftin July 31, 2007 at 12:35 am

There are many people using their particular Windows of choice because it was, until recently, the only Operating System that was easy to use and many brands of machines used it. Unix was strictly a research and development tool used by programmers and engineers. Now we have many flavors of Linux, some much easier to use than others. Ubuntu Linux is a prime example of an Operating system that is Windows-like in appearance and ease of use. In my opinion Windows will always be there for the general user but Linux will be the second OS of choice for the more experienced pc user. As Linux gets easier to use more people will use it. Command line functions are not for the timid. Maybe if the terminal was left out of some distributions of Linux the timid may become the brave. Only then will you see a population turning toward the open source.

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4 Todd July 31, 2007 at 1:18 pm

Hear Hear! I agree that we need to make Linux easier to work with. I think that various flavors of Linux have the user interface that is easy to use. I think that Linux has that licked. The final hurdle I see is the installation of additional software and hardware.
I spent 6 weeks going from “What’s Linux” to having a media pc. Installing the OS was the easy part (Thank you all). It was installing all the other stuff like codecs, various players (trying to find one that can play straight from a Windows share), getting the Nvidia drivers installed and configuring SMB shares that a Windows machine can see. I think I got it now (oh am I dangerous now).
I mention all of that because I also built a media PC on WinXP, to get to the same finally setup took me about 4hrs. I can go out to the hardware or software vendor, and they provide a simple setup exe that I double-click and Poof, its installed and ready to go. No traipsing through repositories, having to ask around for a player that can play off a SMB (from windows) share. Shaking my fist in the air at the Nvidia drivers because they don’t give me the same level of control as they do in windows.
So, you don’t need to get rid of the terminal, its still needed today. You need to make it easier to go beyond the initial OS install.

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5 MLeftin July 31, 2007 at 9:49 pm

Right on Todd, me boy. Canonical has to make Linux more user friendly. Most people don’t know about the repositories nor do they know that Linux has everything they could possibly want already stored away. For the Windows users to use the Linux OS they need to have a more friendly GUI, the use of silly words to describe an application has to go. Wine for Windows Emulator, Lokkit for a firewall, Clam, and a thousand other foolish words to describe an app or a service. The command line terminal no one knows how to use except techies and engineers. If Canonical really wants to achieve stardom they will have to make the Linux OS easier to understand for all the Windows users out there otherwise Linux will continue to be the third OS and not the first, even though it’s free.

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6 MLeftin July 31, 2007 at 10:10 pm

A command line terminal is a throwback to the days of the Unix language. My point being that the developers can come up with a distro of Ubuntu that people can use without any knowledge of Unix. They can come up with a download manager that will interpret all the commands and just download the app rather than going through all the machinations just to get an app off the net. Windows users can download an app by just answering YES or NO and Zing the download is complete. Now why in the world would they want an OS that is five times more difficult to use. Repositories aren’t too bad once people realize what their used for. In order to get people over to your side you have to make them see an easy to operate system without having to overcome Unix code, command line terminals, and silly word play. Of course you still can’t infringe on any patents whilst doing this. It can be done. After all, are we trying to win over the engineers and technologists of this world to a geeky system or are we trying to win over the Windows users to our free way of thinking.

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