[olug] Windows is doomed

Lou Duchez lou at paprikash.com
Sun Sep 3 05:17:23 CDT 2017

Agreed, though I see two factors that could change that could lead to 
Windows being ousted:

1) If Windows no longer comes installed on computers, or if there is a 
significant price break in getting computers without it pre-installed.

2) If Linux ever gets so easy to manage that even mere mortals can do 
it.  Sorry Linux fans (among whom I number), but it happens routinely 
with the people in my circle who run Linux desktops: they just can't get 
their software installed or upgraded, they've legitimately tried to 
follow the instructions as presented on the Internet, and finally it 
comes down to someone (me) who has a handle on file permissions and 
feels comfortable modifying bash scripts.  Windows is rarely that fussy; 
with Windows software, things typically just install.

In terms of business software, LibreOffice is a solid replacement for 
Microsoft Office, if and when businesses feel comfortable making the 
leap (backwards compatibility with Word docs remains an issue; if 
there's any fancy formatting in the Word doc it will be broken in 
LibreOffice).  FreeOffice is said to be a pretty good replacement too, 
and I'll have to give it a try.  In terms of developer tools, unless 
you're still developing for .Net, your best tools will be open source.  
And browsers ... ?  Write your own punchline.

My point is that it's not the availability of software that limits 
Linux's penetration into the market, I don't believe.  Much more it's 
about the operating system itself.

> Humans are doomed, resistance is futile :)
> I don't see Windows desktops/laptops disappearing anytime soon. It is a primary tool for the enterprise business user and content creators currently need more than tablets and phones.
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