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Why Is So Hard for Windows Users to Understand That Linux Is Not Windows

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| This is just a rant (hopefully it will be regarded as pertinent and
| non-'laming') on why Windows users try Linux and return frustrated to Windows
| after several hours or days. I won't praise Linux and the way it works, I
| won't even compare and say 'here Linux is easier because ...', instead I have
| a few questions for all of you who blame Linux for not being and behaving
| like Windows.



Can we rescue OLPC from Windows?

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| Proprietary software keeps users divided and helpless. Its functioning is
| secret, so it is incompatible with the spirit of learning. Teaching children
| to use a proprietary (non-free) system such as Windows does not make the
| world a better place, because it puts them under the power of the system's
| developer -- perhaps permanently. You might as well introduce the children to
| an addictive drug. If the XO turns out to be a platform for spreading the use
| of proprietary software, its overall effect on the world will be negative.



Governments Must Reject Gates' $3 Bid to Addict Next Billion PC Users

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| "Microsoft's strategy of getting developing nations hooked on its
| software was clearly outlined by Bill Gates almost a decade ago," said
| Con Zymaris, CEO of long-standing open source firm Cybersource.
| Specifically, Bill Gates, citing China as an example, said:
| *
| * "Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but
| * people don't pay for the software," he said. "Someday they will, though.
| * As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours.
| * They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to
| * collect sometime in the next decade."[1]

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