Windows -> Fedora -> Windows

Luis Felipe Marzagao/Yahoo lfbm.andamentos at
Fri Feb 22 03:36:38 UTC 2008

 From my experience dealing with new linux users, the main problem seems 
to be the lack of the possibility to simply download programs from the 
internet and install them. New users don't wan't to know if it's a 
dangerous thing to do, and if there's repositories for software etc. 
They want to get the program from the internet and install it. And even 
those who understand it's best to only install software from official or 
at least trusted 3rd party repos may get a little frustrated when they 
realize there's a lot of good programs out there that don't show up in 
the repos. People who just want to use Fedora or Linux in general, and 
not play around with it, don't want to waste hours learing how to 
compile etc. It really sucks, from the user point of view, to google the 
internet, find something cool like a video editing program, for example, 
and not being able to install it...

Nicu Buculei escreveu:
> Marc Wiriadisastra wrote:
>> <snip>
>>> So probably the main reasons were:
>>> - users familiar with Windows at home resist change;
>>> - no laptops with Linux (Fedora in their case) pre-installed by the 
>>> OEM.
>> Yeah I got but then further on they complain about windows again.  My
>> question is that further on they start to complain about windows all
>> over again so really what have they gained?
> It seems like the IS manager, the person interviewed, had no problem 
> with Linux and was quite happy with it but had troubles with teachers 
> requesting Windows.
> Things are like this in my experience: when users have a problem with 
> Windows they blame Microsoft and then give up, as "everybody uses it" 
> and "this is the way things work".
> But when the users have a problem with Linux they blame the person who 
> deployed Linux, "it was easier with Windows", "this Linux thing is not 
> like Windows and it sucks", "give me back my trusted Windows".
> What have they gained? They silenced some revolted users.

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