Attracting MS users
I have seen (in the past and present) many complaints about differant projects that involve porting or emulating MS products under Linux. Is this really such a bad thing?
While I use Linux for most of the same reasons that many of us do, my wish is to also see many more people discovering and using Linux as their OS of choice. How is that going to happen?
By bringing more people over from the MS Windows world. How do we do that?
We show them that Linux is not so hard to use by showing them a GUI and tools that look, feel and act very, very similar to the Windows GUI and tools that they are so familiar with. That is (IMO) exactly why KDE gives the user a GUI that can look and act very similar to the Windows GUI but also be configured to act very differantly. It is once the new user is easily using Linux and having fun with their new friendly OS that they start to look around at some of the things that exist in their new environment. Next they discover that the possibilities are endless and that computing can be both fun AND productive and the same time. Now we have them hooked! (At least that's what happened to me almost 3 yrs ago.)
Why is that so important?
Because the bigger the Linux user base becomes, the more willing hardware and software producers are to supply drivers and port or write software because they are seeing a possible profit instead of just a goodwilled donation to the Linux communtiy. Once this happens in a big way, we will all benifit.
Besides, although "I" would probably never use VB under Linux, there are people who will. So let them! Linux "IS" about choice and about learning. Something the people working on the project are doing, learning! Who knows, they might discover something along the path that may prove to be very benifical to us all, but they never would have if the project hadn't existed. Who knows!
That is and aways will be the Linux way. People doing what THEY want to do, and haveing the right to do it. Freedom in it's simplest form. For me that simple freedom is one of the biggest reasons Linux is so attractive.
Everything that makes Linux what it is now and what it will become is a direct result of the people who work with it. And the more people that discover Linux and come onboard, the bigger and bigger the possibilities become.
All of this means attracting MS users in any way we can. Even if it means porting MS VB to Linux. Every little bit helps!
Thanks for letting me share my $.02
Have a great day everyone!
Thanks for the "i-opener"
I agree with you Kalin. Great artical - it's a real "i-opener".
The Open Source community should embrace any company that is willing to participate in Open Source development no matter how large or amall their commitment. The Open Source community has been waiting far to long for more and more companies to get involved.
The Open Source model is definitly starting to take hold. The year 2000 is just the beginning. Those of us who have visions of open and free technology availible to everyone can see light at the end of the tunnel. Think of the future possibilities. I do. I have the vision.
I believe that Netpliance invited you to speak with them to help end the their communication "void" in the Open Source community, and pass along useful information to us in a possitive way. Now that you have given a little more insight into the reality of Netpliance's position it has helped me to understand much better where they stand in the scheme of things. They are a company made up of real people with real dreams and the inititive to make that dream a reality. We should give them all the support they deserve.
I wish I could have an inexpensive terminal as much as the next guy, but maybe the time just isn't now. It will happen in due time.
In the mean time, I wish Netpliance well and great success in their future developments and wecome any support they give to the Open Source community.