maxfaraday wrote: natty dread wrote: maxfaraday wrote:
natty dread wrote:I just read an interesting thing: apparently the 1.5% figure for linux desktops only counts systems that are shipped with linux, and the actual figure (counting dual-boot systems) is closer to 8-10%.
I don't want linux to become mainstream.
Then there will be money involved,
And we won't be able to laugh at the face of the majority of morons who still use windows anymore.
In other words... you only use linux because you're a hipster?
No, but I think that if linux becomes hype, it will be a bad thing, and I don't want to see that happen.
Why would it be a bad thing? More people using linux or other free unix-like systems would be better, there'd be a bigger market and more incentive for developers to support the platform. We'd see more developers adopting an open-source model. It'd be a good thing. I can't see any reason for not wanting more people using linux, unless you just want to feel special and smarter than others...
Free open source software should become mainstream, because it offers more freedom to users. It should be the norm rather than exception. This would also force large software giants like micro$oft to adopt more user-friendly policies.
Also, I was thinking.
People shouldn't write open/free stuff for windows
, like with gimp.. it should be only available for linux, that way more people would install linux.
Not sure if you're serious but I disagree. Firstly, the way free open source software works is that anyone can get the source code and compile it for any platform they like. Even windows or mac. However, a lot of the software that has been developed primarily for linux works best in linux, even if it is available for other platforms. Therefore people who use winsnooze or mac can use the software, and when they see how good it is, they will be encouraged to migrate to linux to get more out of the software.