Linux folks: “my engine is better than that car. Why isn’t everyone driving my engine?”

Because we drive cars, not engines.

Yeah... it is more like:

You have choosen Linux as your engine. Please select all the other parts to build a car as you like it. If this is too much work feel free to choose a premade distribution (usable after a simple installation, modify as you wish at any time later on).
Be aware: Building/maintaining a car requires knowledge, everything you need is freely available to you but you will have to put some effort in to do so.

We all know how a Apple version of this would read...

@JoachimM That’s a whole lotta words just to say “build your own damn car!” :)

Much better than "Here is a damn expensive car, use it how we think you shoud or f*** off peasant!" isn't it?

@JoachimM If those were the only two options, yes. They’re not.

Ofcourse they are not. I replaced Windows with ArcoLinux on my moms laptop. She has way less "computer issues" now. And if something breaks I can fix it a lot easier than before, without having to deal with corporate bs. People sitting in a golden cage and crying about all those birds outside of it, bc they have to use their wings to fly is really wierd to me. If someone likes their shiny bars, fine. There is no "one size fits all" and there never will be.


@JoachimM The problem that needs to be solved is the “I installed” part. You’re not scalable. And if we want everyday people who use technology as an everyday thing (you know, like brain surgeons and astronauts who don’t have time to install stuff and tweak settings because they have brain surgery and a trip to space in the morning) to use our alternatives, they must work without requiring Joachim to install it for people.

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@JoachimM Otherwise, yes, even Richard Stallman can use Linux as long as someone else with the technical knowledge installs it for him.

I do not see a problem regarding to scalability. I see the main problem in the unwillingness of people to change. Humans tend to stick to what they know as long as possible. Modern Linux is as easy to install and use as Windows (MacOS is hell to install on non Apple hardware). My mom f.e. will ask "How do I read my email?" (on a fresh install), doesn't matter what OS. Sad truth is most people just don't care enough and will only invest time and efford when they are forced to do so.

If someone doesn't have the knowlege to install a OS, there is always someone else who will provide this service. But people are happy buying from companys like Apple, bc it is what they know. They happily pay 2x for the worse product if they don't have to invest a thought about a better alternative.

@JoachimM @aral As someone who has been using Linux off and on for over 20 years, and continuously side-by-side with windows for over 10 years, I can tell you that this is not the case.
Windows is the lower maintenance system. And if I'm counting obscure hardware, then it's not even close any more. The number of times I needed to fix basic shit like "suspend to disk" or software that didn't want to show up on a task bar or dock or something like that is embarrassing.

@JoachimM @aral Even with a high-profile distro like ubuntu, you need to make sure you check all the hardware before buying. Oh, you selected the XYZ Wifi card? Yeah, shit, that won't work.
I am fully aware that this particular thing is not linux' fault. But assigning blame does not get a user any more damn wifi.

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