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It makes me somewhat sad to write about the Linux community's latest attempt at bringing their product to the wider public. is a website dedicated to spreading the word on why Linux and other FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) are the right choice for average Joes and Joans and not just for the ubergeeks.

Ironically, the website looks like a parody of Linux' user unfriendliness. It is a failed attempt at being communicative. The layout of graphic elements and text is downright bad and unattractive. The long (and wide) paragraphs are difficult to read and worse - downright boring. The "Why Should I Move?" section is a depressing example of this.

I am a fan of Linux as a concept, I guess. Nut as much as I admire the development of a powerful and robust open source OS, the last time I installed Linux on my machine was back in the days of RedHat v5.2. certainly doesn't make me want to give it another try.

Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2007 1:38 PM | Back to top

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I don't have much time to write right now, but as I see it, what Linux need for being more popular among desktop users (IE: not professionals) is branding.

The community must decide on one Linux distribution that will become the official desktop distro, and brand it quite like Firefox (or, god forbid, Windows).

If there will be one branded accepted Linux distro for desktop users, you will see more books, more tutorial, more commercialization, and there fore more users, which will bring more books, articles, supporters, small companies accepting this distro, which will bring more users, and so on.
Left by Jonathan Orlev on Jan 09, 2007 7:30 PM

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