The FOSS world must understand “just install Linux” won’t cut it. We must make “the whole widget” as Jobs would say.

But don’t listen to me, let Stallman make the case:

Richard: I’ve never installed the GNU plus Linux system on a computer myself.

Me: Really?

Richard: I always found someone who knew how to do that. Got someone to do it for me.

Me: So it was so difficult that you have not installed…

Richard: No, it's just that I was so busy, I didn’t wanna learn how.

I agree that more can be done in making these things accessible, but most Linux distributions aimed at average users has no learning curve for installing it.

Especially not for someone like RMS. Insert USB drive, boot, follow the prompts. I don't care how busy you are, that's only 2 short steps more than a new windows or mac PC.

@jeffalyanak @aral But you have to realize people are comparing to:

1. Buy computer.
2. Use computer. have the right idea.

Yeah, but it's a negligible amount of extra work. I just don't think that the install process is the issue.

If the Linux experience was significantly better than it currently is, people wouldn't have any issues taking that minor step.

The problem is both in the user experience and the familiarity gap, not the ease-of-acess.

@jeffalyanak Jeff, I suspect you call the work a new Linux install entails "negligible" because you've done it often enough it honestly seems easy.

Most of the people you want to persuade to switch have literally never installed an operating system before. They don't know what they're doing, and they aren't going to learn because they're already burned out from everything else they're stuck doing.

They aren't going to become sysadmins just to have a working computer.

@freakazoid @aral

@freakazoid @aral
No, I don't think that *all* Linux installers are the same, but some are literally simple than the onboarding for Windows or Mac.

Regardless, my point has been that it doesn't matter how easy it is.


@jeffalyanak That's just another challenge: finding out which distros are that simple. Doesn't help that sometimes people will recommend stuff like Arch. I was in the same boat once and ended up buying a book on Linux just to find out what I should be doing.

@besserwisser @jeffalyanak Some people are just trolls, in other cases the person asking doesn't elaborate enough on their current knowledge and experience base. I mean Arch is pretty neat, especially if you want a rolling release or a lean fully featured system, but if the person responding doesn't know that the person asking will probably have trouble dealing with issues during, let's say an Ubuntu install, nobody is really at fault.

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