I found a very interesting blog that talks a different story about why linux is not popular desktop. While there is hue and cry about why linux userbase is mere 2% and some are blaming for lack of software and poor usability. He added one more point –
'There's one big factor in why Linux isn't popular on the desktop. Linux is free." It sounds true to me…
Here is the gist of his blog. Humans don't believe in things that come too easily or for free. Linux is having the same fate. For example, if one has brought a new computer and is getting ready to install an OS and he/she is not a techie, then he/she will most probably install Windows. Why???
- Linux is being offered for free. Good.
- He has access to pirated copies of windows. Also free. Good.
- But Windows is sold for over $300, while Linux is offered for free.
We know that Linux is worth a lot but offered for free. But why will an Average Joe care about it. For him the deal is choosing a free product vs. a $300 product.
Please read the original blog here.