Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Q: Why is Linux not everywhere?   A: Because it is free

There are many discussions on why Linux isn't as successful as it is supposed to be, whatever those expectations may be. Reasons given describe the features, the user-friendliness, the lack of drivers, et cetra. Well, in my opinion, Linux fails and will continue to fail because of one reason: it is free.

Surprisingly as it may seem, the very reason why Linux is not widely adopted is because users are not paying for it. The loud-mouthed Stallmanites stop in their altruistic tracks when it comes to dishing out money to pay for TV spots and newspaper advertisements to market Linux.

Guess where Microsoft get all their big budgets to market their products? Customers, of course! Customers (of any product) pay their suppliers to market products to them. This is how the system works. Period.

Free software is a passing flavor of the day, just like Marxism was.

Have a good day.


Anonymous said...

Good point!

However, Linux is the most used OS in the world, or have you never heard of Android?

Also, in the server space Linux is larger than Windows.

Also in supercomputing it is dominant.

But, on desktops it's pathetic crap.

Anonymous said...

It's pretty funny to read old posts like this one from 2009...

The reason I'm here is because a silly person linked to this post as proof that Linux will NEVER become popular...

Ummm... yeah, I know it's been around 4 years, but this post shows how short-sighted it really was.

So for anyone else coming to this post, think for a second about how wrong these statements were, and just how much things will be changing in the next 12-24 months!

In other words, check out Linux now, it's the future. ;)

S/360 said...

34 people visited this page in the first 24 hours after the link was posted by that "silly person".

Of the 34 visitors, there is 1 using an iPad, 1 using CrOS, 1 Ubuntu Chromium, all the rest on Windows, overwhelmingly Windows 7 with 2 each on Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.

One tablet user and not a single phone user, hmmm mmm. So much for the post-PC era and success of Linux.