Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on August 31, 2006 09:03 AM
While you raise some interesting points, the hundreds of millions of end users out there don't care about any of these subtleties. They just want something that's easy to use and that is reasonably consistent from office to office, employer to employer. That is one of the several reasons that most end users stay with Windows; another major one, of course, is OEM preloading agreements.
As for the PR issue: you're right in that most folks who read NewsForge probably know better than to take press releases at face value. After all, we've been watching Microsoft for years.<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:-) But that's exactly what works against PR blurbs like that cited here. In the FOSS world, it is already known that press releases by themselves are suspect. Therefore, when you, as an organization, make a PR blurb with any part of the FOSS community as your intended audience, you've got to make sure that it's accurate, or else you're likely to lose your credibility with that audience. It seems that the article's author is saying that this is what happened, in which case, he is absolutely right to complain about the PR talk.