Ignorance of bliss
The article recently published by DesktopLinux.com, "13 reasons why Linux won't make it to a desktop near you", is both interesting and frustrating. It's interesting because of its slightly humorous character and maybe a dose of truth that can be found in it.
It is however frustrating because I am, yet again, simply finding a lot of plain ignorance in it, whether deliberate or not doesn't matter. There is also a bit of inability to discern one from the other. In portraying the image of a confused world it seems as if the author is confusing himself as well.
To cut to the chase, to most of everything that the author said there are two answers that rang in my head: Ubuntu and GetGNULinux.org.
Sure, he heard of Ubuntu, but yet still goes on how problematic the amount of choice is as if users are *forced* to make a choice themselves. As I mentioned many times they are not. If they want to just slide into the picture there are people who will make the full offer and they wont even have to think about it. Heck, today in USA you can go to Dell's site and order a PC with Ubuntu and be done with it.
Or you can go to GetGNULinux.org and pick among only *three* options available, according to what seems most fitting for you. It can't get much simpler than that. Well.. it seems to me that the mere existence of a world beyond these "default by popularity" choices is making some people think that the world of GNU/Linux MUST be confusing. Just because gentoo and slackware exist, along with people who support them, GNU/Linux must be hard to use. Or just because there are 300 distributions available, new user will be utterly overwhelmed with choice.
Talking about marketing? Well, Ubuntu is partly built on good marketing. Fedora isn't bad either due to RedHat. He's perceiving a marketing mayhem because he is assuming all GNU/Linux distributions and hackers must somehow be involved with it. GNU/Linux and in fact Free Software in general, like it or not, has developed its flag bearers. Those like the author of the linked articles who speak about marketing mayhem and confusing choices simply failed to see the flags and are rather looking behind them into the complex world that brought these flag bearers up.
Look at the god damn flags! They're there to help people like you find your way. If you choose to ignore them, of course you will be confused - confused by your own darn self! If you choose to ignore road signs you'll probably sooner or later end up in a crash. You can't blame the road makers for that, you can only blame yourself.
Really, the bliss is there waiting, but what can we do to them when they're simply ignoring it. Helloooo?