There's an excellent article over at The Jerusalem Post about the rise of the Linux desktop and why people switch (or not.)
He makes some good points, but he's missing a key aspect in my opinion.
I've been programming computers since I got my first Commodore Vic-20 so many years ago. I recall the release of the PCJr and I remember when MS-DOS took over the market knocking out TRS-DOS and other competitors. I remember why we started using Windows in the first place. I sold Windows 3.0 (the first actual real version of Windows) when it was released, and later sold 3.11 WFW (Windows for Workgroups) that included basic networking. I even sold OS/2 to a couple of real geeks.The first people to use Windows used it at work. Employers would buy a computer, and then they would buy a copy of Windows to go on it - or the computer reseller would sell the computer, and sell Windows and pre-install it, and provide the retail package of Windows to the purchaser as well, with all the floppy disks.
It's not what you think. The media would have you believe that offshore IT work is cheaper. Perhaps there's a shortage of tech labor in the US, or maybe it's just plain greed. I'm here to tell you it's none of the above.
The offshore tech market has something that we in the US don't seem to have. They are filling a serious need. What is it that we lack? It's not tech knowledge. Goodness knows there's enough 15 year old brats who can still break into their school computer systems that the US computer nerd isn't going away.
It's not perfect - there's a bit of fuzz around some of the items like the left monitor (yes, there's 2 monitors.) But all in all was pretty easy and cool to do. Sorry guys - did it in Windows. I haven't seen a good panoramic generator for Linux yet, and am open to suggestions if anyone knows of one.
Click and drag the mouse within the image to spin around.
I should take bets on what the silver thing is to the left of the door... Anybody want to guess?