RE: User Linux

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: fedora-list-admin@xxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:fedora-list-admin@xxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Michael Gargiullo
> Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2004 8:43 AM
> To: Fedora List
> Subject: Re: User Linux
> 
> 
> 
> > On Wed, 11 Feb 2004 07:51:49 -0500
> > James Drabb <JDrabb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > 
> > > First, let me state that I do despise MS, and I am playing devils
> > > advocate.  However, let us look at the cost over 5 years 
> for RHPW and MS
> > > Windows XP Home.  We need to assume that RH will support 
> RHPW for 5
> > > years and not drop support like RH 9.
> > > 
> > > RHPW year 1: $50
> > > RHPW year 2: $60 for updates
> > > RHPW year 3: $60 for updates
> > > RHPW year 4: $60 for updates
> > > RHPW year 5: $60 for updates
> > > ----------------------------
> > >            $290 over 5 years
> > > 
> > > MS XP Home year 1: $99
> > > MS XP Home year 2: $0
> > > MS XP Home year 3: $0
> > > MS XP Home year 4: $0
> > > MS XP Home year 5: $0
> > > ---------------------
> > >      $99 over 5 years
> > > 
> > > Do you see the price difference?
> > > 
> > > I personally would not use MS at home if you forced me 
> to.  I just wish
> > > that RH did not abandon the home user or SOHO user.
> > > 
> > > 
> > > Jim Drabb
> 
> Jim,
> 
> 	Look again.
> 
> > RHPW year 1: $50
> > > RHPW year 2: $60 for updates
> > > RHPW year 3: $60 for updates
> > > RHPW year 4: $60 for updates
> > > RHPW year 5: $60 for updates
> > > ----------------------------
> > >            $290 over 5 years
> > > 
> > > MS XP Home year 1: $99
> > > MS XP Home year 2: $0
> > > MS XP Home year 3: $0
> > > MS XP Home year 4: $0
> > > MS XP Home year 5: $0
> MS office standard year 1: $240 - Nextag.com (all prices)
> Symantec anti-virus year 1: $41
> Symantec anti-virus year 2: $20
> Symantec anti-virus year 3: $20
> Symantec anti-virus year 4: $20
> Symantec anti-virus year 5: $20
> 
> > > ---------------------
> > >      $99 over 5 years
> 
> Ok.. just the basics, Just having an the MS OS does nothing for you.
> Also included anti-virus, If you run MS, it's essential. This doesn't
> include any of the extra tools that RH provides:
> 
> Total Cost of ownership for Typical MS machine over 5 years: $460
> 
> -- 
> Michael Gargiullo <mgargiullo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Warp Drive Networks

Why not just download Open Office for Windows.  If that will not work (the linux community seems to be fine with it) then Word Perfect can be found for less than $40 bucks.  Gimp instead of Photoshop.  Perl is free.  There is even free AntiVirus.  And all an end user has to do is download and run the .exe.  No compiling the kernel, no rpm managment, and extremly easy updates.  

The Linux community in general thinks that they are the only ones with free software.  The trouble with that is that most home users could care less about FOSS, they can find products and install them easily, and to them it is as free as you can get.  They don't want source code rights, the just want an easy to install and use product.

The Linux desktop community is going to have to get serious about making their product easy to use or the home consumer market (as well as most of the business market) will continue to ignore them.  95% of the people that use home computers already think that MS products are over their heads, put linux in front of them and they will never turn it on again, they have better things to do.

Travis 




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