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SEUL: Things I would like to ask
Of all linux users.
1) Were you ever a CP/M, OS/2, or DOS user?
2) Were you a Windows or GUI OS/2 user?
3) How long did you use CP/M, OS/2, DOS?
4) Did you have exposure to Unix before trying Linux?
5) Was your exposure at work, school, or at home?
6) Do you use Unix exclusively or a mixture of operating systems?
My reasoning is this:
I am presuming that many people were quite interested in computers and
computing and absorbed quite a bit of their time learning DOS and OS/2
along with Windows. They eventually advanced to a point where they
reached the limitations of the OS and stepped to Linux to get beyond those
limitations or to provide services that were cost-prohibitive given their
I also presume that a great number of current Windows users are relatively
new to computing. A great number of people have become computer aware
only in the last several years. In the near future, many of these people
will also reach a competency level where they will be ready to advance
beyond the limitations of DOS/Win to provide their own services such as
mail, news, and web serving. Multiple computer users in the household
along with advances in networking such as xDSL and cable modems will allow
them the bandwidth at reasonable cost to build in-home LANS and provide
central household servers.
The current Microsoft model makes obtaining these services quite
expensive. More of these people will be turning to Linux to provide
multi-user services in the home and community. It will not be long before
people begin interconnecting their household LANS with those of their
neighbors to share resources and costs. A grass-roots community intranet
is just around the corner and Microsoft is not going to be there to serve
these needs for the kind of money they want for multi-client systems.
Just be thankful that Microsoft does not manufacture pharmaceuticals.
Debian/GNU Linux ... the maintainable operating system.