Why People Really Dont Switch to Linux

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-05-18 Print this article Print

Opinion: Here's a hint—it's the same reason we keep driving SUVs when gas prices above $3 a gallon are commonplace. (DesktopLinux.com)

Over in the DesktopLinux forums, people have been talking about why, if Linux is so darned great, dont people give up Windows and move to it.

The usual suspects show up. There arent enough applications. The right application isnt available. You still have to use the command line for some things. Some equipment doesnt have drivers.
Theres some truth to those, and some nonsense. The real reason people dont use Linux on their desktops, though, is that its not already there. They stick with what they know. Its really that simple. Dont buy that because its too simple-minded? Look around. As I write this on May 17, 2007, the AAA is reporting that gasoline prices hit a record high for the fifth straight day. The average price for a gallon of self-serve unleaded gasoline in the United States is now $3.114. It will be higher tomorrow. Read the full story on DesktopLinux.com: Why People Really Dont Switch to Linux Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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