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Making the move to OS - are we conditioned?

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My company recently moved from M$ IT solutions completely over to Linux RedHat.

Granted, there was only 120-130 users, but most of those were sales reps and non "tech savvy" users.

This presented a hige problem for the company that should have been predicted. Management spent a lot of money having to train the 100 or so sales and admin staff not to mention the drop in production while the month of training went ahead.

This brings me to the question:

Are we conditioned to M$ operating systems and the M$ way of life?
and
Why is the move from M$ to Linux still so difficult?

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Re: Making the move to OS - are we conditioned?
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Why is the move from M$ to Linux still so difficult?

Inertia-- The resistance to change.

Malaysia is supposed to move to OSS, not that I see much of a change here.

My mother is a government servant and she (after so many years) is still grappling with MS, imagine asking her to switch to linux...

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Re: Making the move to OS - are we conditioned?
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freak wrote:

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Why is the move from M$ to Linux still so difficult?

Inertia-- The resistance to change.

Malaysia is supposed to move to OSS, not that I see much of a change here.

My mother is a government servant and she (after so many years) is still grappling with MS, imagine asking her to switch to linux...

Exactly!

I just read and listened to Richard Stallman interview Free Software - Free Society! where he answers to the question: "So what in your opinion threatens the growth of free software at the moment?" with this:

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I have to point out that our goal is not precisely growth. Our goal is to liberate cyber-space.
Now that does mean liberating all the users of computers. We hope eventually they all switch to free software, but we shouldn't take mere success as our goal, that's missing the ultimate point.
But if I take this to mean "what is holding back the spread of free software" . Well partly at this point it is inertia, social inertia. Lots of people have learnt to use windows. And they haven't yet learned to use GNU/Linux. It is no longer very hard to learn GNU/Linux, 5 years ago it was hard, now it is not. But still, it is more than zero. And people who are ., you know,.. if you never learned any computer system, than learning GNU/Linux is as easy as anything, but if you already learned windows it's easier. It's easier to keep doing what you know. So that's inertia. And there are more people trained in running windows systems than in running GNU/Linux systems. So, any time you are trying to convince people to change over, you are working against inertia.
In addition we have a problem that hardware manufacturers don't cooperate with us the way they cooperate with Microsoft. So we have that inertia as well.
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(He continued with explaining the issue of software idea patents as a threat..

So, exactly what you said freak. It's innertia.

Daniel

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