Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sell Linux on its merits

There is one thing that most Linux proponents- myself included- are guilty of, and that is always extolling the greatness of Linux in contrast to the weakness of Windows. You often hear statements like "Windows sucks at X while Linux is super," which though perfectly correct, now makes me wonder if Linux's virtues cannot be eulogized without contrasting it with Windows.

Don't get me wrong, Linux has quite a lot of advantages that Windows will do well replicating, but, always singing its praise in contrast to Windows makes me want to laugh. I believe we should tell Linux as it is: not a clone of Windows, nor was it created to replace it. Sure it's nice telling people they are not likely to suffer security breaches on Linux as they would on Windows, but that should not be the norm of promoting Linux.

I believe the game of always contrasting Linux with Windows does more harm than good to the former. It actually sends the wrong message to potential users that the two OSs are perfect alternatives, which technically speaking, they are not. Linux does things well, and we should actually sell it on that rather than always lambasting Windows just to send a simple message.

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