The FOSS world must understand “just install Linux” won’t cut it. We must make “the whole widget” as Jobs would say.
But don’t listen to me, let Stallman make the case:
Richard: I’ve never installed the GNU plus Linux system on a computer myself.
Richard: I always found someone who knew how to do that. Got someone to do it for me.
Me: So it was so difficult that you have not installed…
Richard: No, it's just that I was so busy, I didn’t wanna learn how.
I agree that more can be done in making these things accessible, but most Linux distributions aimed at average users has no learning curve for installing it.
Especially not for someone like RMS. Insert USB drive, boot, follow the prompts. I don't care how busy you are, that's only 2 short steps more than a new windows or mac PC.
@jeffalyanak Jeff, I suspect you call the work a new Linux install entails "negligible" because you've done it often enough it honestly seems easy.
Most of the people you want to persuade to switch have literally never installed an operating system before. They don't know what they're doing, and they aren't going to learn because they're already burned out from everything else they're stuck doing.
They aren't going to become sysadmins just to have a working computer.
@jeffalyanak That's just another challenge: finding out which distros are that simple. Doesn't help that sometimes people will recommend stuff like Arch. I was in the same boat once and ended up buying a book on Linux just to find out what I should be doing.
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