I have been a Linux user on and off for years, but only recently in the last 2 years have I been serious about it. Linspire (when it was Lindows), resparked my interest in Linux. I became an insider and started downloading the betas and testing them. I had a lot of trouble at first getting everything to work. I knew that Linspire, at the time, was new in the game, but I kept downloading the latest builds and trying them.
Eventually it started working well as drivers got better and better. I was addicted. I love the latest Linspire 5.0, but I am not quite to the point yet where I can install it or other flavors of Linux fulltime. There are still some pieces of software on Windows that I need to do my daily work.
That is the point of this post.
Linux, if it really wants to break Microsoft’s monopoly, has to get more of the top software writers to create full featured Linux versions of their software. I know some companies cannot justify the expense to port stuff to an OS that has only a 5-7% market share, but if they do, I think it will benefit them in the long run. Also, once Linux does take a larger market share, they’ll be noted for their committment to the Linux community.
I have currently used up all my machines with server software for client websites. Once I get another spare machine that I can dedicate to Linux then I’m going to start working my way over to it.
I program now in ASP and use MS Access for smaller websites, but I have started translating simple sites over to PHP and MySQL. Actually once I learn MySQL and PHP really well, developmentally, I will be done with ASP, IIS and MS Database software. I can’t wait!
So, bascially, what I am saying in this article. Linux needs to tailor their OS more to consumers to start to get them familiar with the OS. Remember… CEOs, CTOs, etc. are comsumers too, and if they see an viable alternative to Microsoft that will save their companies millions of dollars a year, I’m sure they’ll be likely to look into it.
I know a lot of the things I’ve mentioned are already being done. I hope Linux is successful long-term and the only way to do it is to keep getting the word out there… Tell people about it. Install it on your kid’s computers, your elder’s computer. My grandpa-in-law loves Linspire, even though his printer manufacturer doesn’t support Linux.
Get the word out there. If you’ve never played with Linux, go get a spare machine or spare hard drive and install Linux on it. Check out Distrowatch to read about all the different brands and for download links.