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Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop 1091

Posted by Soulskill
from the everybody-knows-tuxes-are-expensive dept.
New submitter VoyagerRadio writes "Recently I found myself struggling with a question I should easily have been able to answer: Why would anyone want to use Linux as their everyday desktop (or laptop) operating system? It's a fair question, and asked often of Linux, but I'm finding it to be a question I can no longer answer with the conviction necessary to 'sell' the platform. In fact, I kind of feel like a car salesman who realizes he no longer believes in the product he's been pitching. It's not that I don't find Linux worthy; I simply don't understand how it's ever going to succeed on the desktop with voluntary marketing efforts. What do Linux users need to do to replicate the marketing efforts of Apple and Microsoft and other corporate operating system vendors? To me, it seems you don't sell Linux at all because there isn't supposed to be one dominant distribution that stands out from the rest. Without a specific product to put on the shelf to sell, what in the world do you focus your efforts on selling? An idea?"

Comment: This again? (Score 1) 744

Apple is not alone in this, via Wikipedia:

Foxconn manufactures products for companies including:

(country of headquarters in parentheses)

        Acer Inc. (Taiwan) [27]
        Amazon.com (United States)[28]
        Apple Inc. (United States)[29]
        ASRock (Taiwan)[citation needed]
        Asus (Taiwan)[citation needed]
        Barnes & Noble (United States)[citation needed]
        Cisco (United States)[30]
        Dell (United States) [31]
        EVGA Corporation (United States)
        Hewlett-Packard (United States)[32]
        Intel (United States)[33]
        IBM (United States)[citation needed]
        Lenovo (China)[citation needed]
        Microsoft (United States)[34]
        MSI (Taiwan)[citation needed]
        Motorola (United States)[31]
        Netgear (United States)[citation needed]
        Nintendo (Japan) [35]
        Nokia (Finland)[29]
        Panasonic (Japan)[citation needed]
        Samsung (South Korea)[36]
        Sharp (Japan)[citation needed]
        Sony (Japan) [37]
        Sony Ericsson (Japan/Sweden)[38]
        Vizio (United States)[39]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxconn#Major_customers

Comment: Re:Irking (Score 2) 389

by Jackdaw Rookery (#38439442) Attached to: <em>Star Wars: the Old Republic</em> Launches

Thanks for the info, but 45 for a game that you then keep spending on monthly still just doesn't add up.

Why isn't the game free? Wouldn't they get more subscribers that way? After all, it is the monthly subscription that makes them the money.

They seem to be deliberatly hampering themselves by sticking to the WoW model much to closely.

Comment: Irking (Score 4, Informative) 389

by Jackdaw Rookery (#38439264) Attached to: <em>Star Wars: the Old Republic</em> Launches

You see, I'd love to be playing this, but at 60 for the game and 15 a month, that's just too rich for my tastes.

I think the game itself should be free and downloadable, then charge a monthly fee for the online access. I'm going to wait for the cost of the game to come down :(

But damn, it's so tempting to buy ...

Comment: Re:I disagree with that last one... (Score 1) 219

by Jackdaw Rookery (#38435842) Attached to: IBM's Five Predictions For the Next Five Years

Exactly. If marketing material is more and more targeted and all pervasive:

- I would find it really freaking creepy. I don't care if it is relevent or not
- I would make a point of NOT shopping at anywhere that targeted me in this manner

Of course stores *may* realise that people don't want this kind of unsolicited hassle and start stating that they don't use this technique. You never know ...

Comment: Re:Legalize it. (Score 1) 302

by Jackdaw Rookery (#38404574) Attached to: Google Donating $11.5M To Fight Modern Slavery

You hear completly wrong. I meant exactly what I said and I stand by it.

"You are right, it needs legalising and regulating. Nothing wrong with the concept of prostitution, it's all in the implementation.

Right now that's what's messed up. Legalise, tax it, regulate and it will be healthier, safer and better for the economy."

This isn't the place for personal stories, but lets just say I have personal experience relating to this.

The more cordial the buyer's secretary, the greater the odds that the competition already has the order.

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