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Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 14, 2002 05:11 PM
"If 90% of all users prefer dumb and insecure software, we have to educate the users, not adapt the software."

That, in a nutshell, is why Linux will fail. You don't educate markets, you sell markets what markets want. As long as the developer community takes the position of "We'll tell you what you want", customers will not be listening.

So dang frustrating how brilliantly clueless developers can be about how markets work. Windows is exactly as secure as the market demands it to be - witness the numbers of people who turn off the default security settings in Outlook and IE. Linux shouldn't attempt the desktop as an OS until the Linux OS community can get their head around why, exactly, AOL is the number one ISP in America. It isn't built for smart people and, more critically, it goes out of the way to make novices feel smart. The Linux community goes out of their way to step over each other in some sick Alpha male contest to express how damn smart they are to each other rather than help out people with less technical saavy.

Check out #linux on undernet or any other Linux chat channel. Go in and ask "Hey, can anyone help a newbie that is stuck" and see what happens.



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