I watched a youtube video that was wondering why Linux never took off. They suggested Windows Vista was a golden opportunity missed by Linux for a variety of reasons.
After pondering his assertions, I would like to suggest that now, today, is the golden opportunity for Linux to enter a golden age.
Windows 10 is viewed as pure spyware by even the “normies” as you all say on your news show and is pissing people off. I’ve even heard they want to move to Windows as a subscription service which is going to upset even more.
Mac is going through another bad phase in their hardware design. That my 2009 Cheesegrater mac can be upgraded to almost as good (better in my opinion because you can customize it) than a 5000 Mac Pro you can walk into the Apple Store and buy today, and that you can’t even upgrade their laptops is turning a lot of long term apple fans like me away.
So where can upset Apple and Windows users turn?
Elementary (my favorite so far) and Solus, with some work, have a Mac like appearance and feel at home to me. For Windows users there are too many distros to list that can make them feel at home out of the box.
So now is Linux’s chance at a real golden age, in my opinion.
But, and it is a big but, Linux guru’s need to be more like you all here on Level One Techs. Most places are just down right unfriendly to new users.
There is a definite learning curve even for experienced Windows/Mac users and is not “so easy your grand parents can use it” as some videos suggest. People like me are going to need a little help, and Grandma and Grandpa are going to need some real hand holding.
But, Linux is beautiful now. Once up in running, opens into a wonderful replacement for Mac and WIndows. Most apps people use day to day have free replacements on install. And Steam with their new push at being able to run Windows games on Linux is HUGE!!!
If Linux can stop arguing about what distro people should use, and quit biting the heads off new users testing the waters, Linux is poised for huge leaps in market share.
Just my humble opinion,