For the vast majority of those who sit in front of computers, these are devices that are used for purposes such as: letters, texts, papers, tables, searches in databases (created by others). Being asked by Windows; Windows? Yes, he works with something like that. What is this? Well ... what do you mean? That's Windows, which is ... on their computer, right?

It is normal that, in front of this mass of users, who would have serious problems when creating an archive, when formatting a floppy disk (?!?!?) Or a USB stick, the computer should be more merciful and patient. Most users don't even need to know more than a few automated commands or gestures for fear of ruining something, they haven't even changed Windows' default scheme.

Certainly Linux is not for them. They want to see screens that reprimand their parents, showing them the right way, when they did something wrong, to see screens that flash, sing and come to life, even if these wonders mean wasting computer resources. The user does not care about resources. He wants to be praised from time to time, such as when installing a software package; when he is finally told "Congratulations! You have successfully installed this product!", the user is proud of the few mouse clicks, which had such magical effects. What to do with messages like: "Server connection lost: can't create lock file", when trying to start X-Windows or how to deal with painful truths like ps -ae one, and ps -A is it completely different? He is not interested in the Apache server which, under Linux, runs on a 386 with 8 RAM; his problems are more earthy: "why when I press 'Enter', my dash disappears and a kind of square appears to me?".

I have nothing to do with poor users, I don't feel superior to them at all because I know a few extra commands. Every Linux user remembers well the day he first sat down at a computer running Linux and apart from ls, ps, mkdir he knew nothing. Thus, after a while comes the period of Linux enthusiasm: installing the system on the home computer and working (actually studying) with the system. Then necessarily comes that period of annoyance, known to all. Word is needed every day, dozens of documents pass through your hand and it becomes a bit annoying to restart in Linux only for a text editor or electronic tables. Around, everyone uses Microsoft Office, and not LaTex or StarOffice / Open Office, whether someone likes it or not. Thus, after long hours of setting up a Linux system,

Of course, when it comes to more serious issues - Web server, network management - the considerations are different. Who uses ftp sites a lot to see what operating systems are used there: mostly FreeBSD, Linux, UNIX etc. You may be asking yourself, "How, not Windows NT !?" So - no. Most web servers still use UNIX-like systems, even if the NT segment is growing. For users, however, it will be regardless of the type of server, it will continue as before to forget its system of increasingly colorful windows.

From this point of view, William Gates has nothing to fear: non-specialists represent a very large part of users, so his products will still be their delight for a long time. To some, NT Server will seem more convincing on a machine with 128 GB of RAM and 64 processors. But, I think, Linux would use this waste of resources a little more efficiently.

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