[brlug-general] Redhat executive suggested Windows for home users... What a shame!
j.hebert at it-group.com
Wed Nov 5 07:26:43 CST 2003
Agreed. This instead should be a wakeup call to the Linux community to
standardize the way hardware drivers are handled so that peripherals are
as easy to install as they are in Microsoft Windows. That is the secret
to breaking into the home user market. RedHat should not have to commit
suicide in order to compete with Microsoft.
Is United Linux the answer? I don't know, but at least it was a step in
the right direction. Let's get busy and innovate.
Tim Fournet wrote:
> Sorry, I agree with Mr. Szulik. Until things like device drivers and
> application configurations become easier, the amount of support needed
> for a non-trained home user is too great. Sure, people who have spent
> the time to learn how to use and administer Linux can make a great
> desktop out of it, but most home users don't have the time, abilities,
> or inclination do to so. From the article:
> However, Szulik expects Linux to be ready in a couple of years after it
> has had time to mature. In the mean time, he is adamant that corporate
> users would be surprised by how much the operating system has to offer.
> "Consumers want USB drivers and digital camera support; but for the
> enterprise desktop, that is a little bit different -- that area is
> ripe," he said. "We think that the enterprise desktop market place is
> much more strategic and has buyers whose needs we can exceed."
> I just fail to see where that says he's turning his back on the Linux
> desktop. Once again, a catchy headline creates a huge backlash to what
> otherwise would be just an 'OK' article. The author is clearly trolling
> with that one.
> Giovanni Tairov wrote:
>> I guess it is time to find a different distro. If the company's top
>> management fails to see the importance of promoting and developing Linux
>> for home users - then nothing good will come out of such company.
>> "Matthew Szulik, chief executive of Linux vendor Red Hat, said on Monday
>> that although Linux is capable of exceeding expectations for corporate
>> users, home users should stick with Windows"
>> Here's the article:
>> Please read a discussion too!
>> a good response from one of the readers:
>> Name: Anonymous
>> Location: New Orleans, LA
>> Occupation: IT
>> Comment: AN OPEN LETTER TO REDHAT
>> (I already sent a copy to them)
>> I read the comments of Matthew Szulik at
>> I have to say, at this point, I am very upset with your CEO and
>> company. I
>> have been using redhat linux since August 1997 on my desktop. I bought a
>> Geforce2/GTS card when they came out, and there is no difference between
>> my computer and anyone else's.
>> That being said, I will never again use nor recommend your products to
>> anyone again. Your comments that consumers should use windows and not
>> switch to linux for the desktop was a slap in the face for all the people
>> working on desktop linux. MANY strides have been made recently and many
>> more will continue to be made: with xandros, lindows, mandrake, etc.
>> Your comments show your absolute lack of community feeling/goodwill for
>> the open source community. I will never again use redhat, use fedora, nor
>> recommend either to my employer or anyone else. I will recommend those
>> companies that are committed to seeing open source progress. Your
>> advertisements for the monopoly and against the linux community sicken
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