Adrian Kingsley-Hughes has an interesting article about why Linux still ‘sucks’.
The question, for me at least, remains unanswered. Should we be focusing on gaining market share and making everything work for Windows users, or just sticking to making great free software for us? Do we care that proprietary vendor lock-in devices like iPod don’t work seamlessly? Should we be putting effort in to making them work?
On the one hand, it would be great to say to someone “yeah, Linux will work with your iPod Touch,” but on the other we can’t control it and we’re always playing catch up (not to mention firmware updates which block other applications from syncing with it).
I’ve spent a lot of time recommending Linux to people, helping them put it on their computers, training them, explaining things and supporting it. However, some people just aren’t Linux people. They just don’t “get it.” Part of the reason is because they still have their Microsoft mindset, “why can’t I download some random program I found on the net and install it?”
So, should we be making Linux more like Windows to gain more market share? Or keep Linux unique and special?