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Re: Clinging to Microsoft (was Re: [opensuse] Why openSUSE is less popular than Ubuntu?)
On Wed, 2011-12-07 at 09:36 -0500, LinuxIsOne wrote:
On Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 9:13 AM, Hans Witvliet <suse@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


You mean to say that MS is better?

For some fields certainly, like: Marketing, Sales, extortion ....

Ah I see. But I guess in the future only Linux would dominate the world!

certainly not! Don't forget Apple ;-)

No, seriously.

One of the problems lies in the fact that if Joe-everage buys a new
computer, it is delivered by default with Microsoft.
Even worse, if you specifically ask a system without OS, they charge you
more instead of less.

Eventhough such chain-purchasemensts are forbidden by law in the EU, it
is still common practice....

Just imagine, that if you buy a bookshelf, it comes by default with the
bible, quaran and thora (and they charge you for it!!!)
Just because, according to them, you "just need them".

And by the way, if you happen to own other/elder booshelves, you are not
allowed to put those holy books in the older one, because you don't own
the books, you are only allowed to use them in the context they see fit.
Honestly, i've given up that battle, MS-refund doesn't work, and i just
accept the micosoft tax on any hardware.



But,returning to the original question, Canonical has done good
marketing.
When installing, the only thing an end-luser must think about, is "do i
have 32-bit or 64-bit machine".
You don't have to know anything about the hardware or what you might
want to install on your system. Just the same reason that Klaus Knopper
with its knoppix was so popular 10 years ago.

Even though SuSE with its distro, manuals and OBS-repositories is far
more advanced and user friendly, the first step is still too steep.

Besides promoting the live images...
When installing SuSE the installer should ask just two questions:
1) Are you an advanced user (default:NO)
2) if still in moron-mode, ask to keep any rubbish on the hard disk
(default: YES) and it dual boot with windows.
And install as much as possible office, games stuff.
Regarding the amount of available treasures, have a bootable, dual-layer
DVD with just single architecture.
Or even better, a 16GB usb-stick instead of an dvd...

(and for the elite, a dual layer usb-stick >:-))))

hw



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