This is an interesting opinion piece that I thought our community would be interested.
I agree with the author completely. The most interesting thing about this article is the comments at the end. This specific comment made me think!
You missed my point but made it with your discussion, which is correct: it IS about functionality. That’s WHY people care about what applications they can run versus what OS is doing it. At least for the most part: for example, when people choose MacOS they then consider what applications they will / can be using and then decide that their choice of hardware / OS-pairing is acceptable.
Those people using Chromebooks and Google online services are not caring about using Microsoft’s apps.
Exactly. A large majority of Microsoft’s Office users are…surprisingly…office workers. Who knew?? Mom and Pop end users don’t have MS Office on their radar when they pick their new computer, “But honey, will it run Office?” isn’t a common discussion. In the U.S., “Will it run TurboTax?” is a much more common concern, never mind “But how does it do when I’m on the internet?”, “Will Joe Jr. be able to do his homework?”, “Will it run my games?”, and of course cost.
Business users are the main user of Office, and switching to Linux isn’t even on the radar because of a combination of lost productivity during the switch, retraining concerns, and support questions.
I’m terribly, terribly sorry for your Linux fanaticism, but 3% of the desktop market after DECADES of trying PROVES my point. You people keep pushing and pushing and pushing the OS as if it’s the savior for the average person, yet 3% market is proof that THEY DON’T CARE. They care about functionality, compatibility and support, plus a few other topics, and Linux simply can’t do that for Joe Average, no matter how much you’ve promised that (yet failed to deliver) for decades.
A constant stream of new kernels to follow and decide if you want / need to update to; an overwhelming choice of distros to figure out based upon what functions & hardware support it provides; a learning curve that only directs you to user forum boards in hopes of finding a friendly helping hand; applications that not only have unfamiliar user paradigms but less functionality and questionable compatibility with what most other people are using…
Unix-based users JUST DON’T GET IT. Unix was hyped for the desktop…it failed (Apple’s adoption of BSD, and their taming of it for the Average Joe, aside). Linux fails because of the same ARROGANCE that users want the ‘superiority’ of Unix / Linus OS, but then have to sacrifice on end-user application functionality and friendliness. Get a grip, they won’t make that compromise - and HAVEN’T, for DECADES - but nothing changes with the Linux crowd. They’re wrong, you’re right, but then you wonder how your Pet Baby never gets the desktop respect you think it deserves, because “Unix!”. Average Joe ALREADY has a choice for Unix-system stability - it’s called MacOS - and people attuned to that go there, with far more support, far more polish, and a joyous user learning curve and end-user experience. Linux, as it stands, doesn’t stand a chance against that - that can change, but hasn’t, for decades.