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Comment Re:Quality doesn't matter when it's disposable any (Score 1) 288

You don't, I don't, but we don't count. The majority out there does just that, so why bother building a cellphone that lasts? Yes, the 1% of people who actually care will be pissed, but they, too, will just buy a new cellphone. They'll just mutter profanities towards the manufacturer of their current phone while they buy a phone from the manufacturer they muttered profanities at 2 years ago when they bought the phone they are tossing now, while the rest of the people squeal "ohhh shiny!" while buying whatever phone has the latest bling.

In the end, we all buy. And that's all that counts to the makers of those phones.

Comment Re:You don't have to use it (Score 1) 551

I have done so in the past. Details can be found here. And as you can see back there, nobody bothered to answer. Apparently there is no answer, so I didn't bother to write the whole list again.

The main problem why Windows isn't replaced by "the masses" with Linux is not the OS. It's the hardware that is still manufactured with Windows in mind, with Linux being, at best, an afterthought, more likely though, it's just being ignored, unless it's some kind of server stuff. You can actually find better RAID controllers for Linux now than for Windows, but as soon as you're dealing with hardware the average user will have at home, your chances for a sensible Linux driver vanishes.

But as long as you can't use your desktop hardware sensibly in Linux, the "normal" user will not switch. The "year of the Linux desktop" will not come until we finally get drivers for desktop hardware. Now, of course you can say "But who has those 'special' mice and keyboards, and how many people actually have touchpads and digitizing tablets?" Easy. The people that use their computer for more than just browsing and emails, i.e. people who WANT to use that machine. People who enjoy it. Those are also the people, though, that buy software. And they are the ones that actually care about the data trail they leave on the internet because they spend more time there than Joe Randomsurfer.

And it does not matter whether we're talking about a MMO mouse with 30 buttons, a studio sound card, a digitizing tablet or a braille display. As soon as someone needs (or even just wants) to use a special kind of hardware that requires its own driver, chances are good that using it sensibly (or at all) in Linux at the very least requires a lot more knowledge and time investment than the average user is willing to spend. If it is possible at all.

And until those drivers exist, people will not switch. And with none of those high-investment people moving away from Windows, there is little incentive for software creators to take any other platform serious.

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