To continue a thought. . . .
I expect to get some push-back (that’s OK) from people who know and feel differently, but I feel confident that desktop Linux is not right or not ready for some people.
- avid gamers, because few games are ported to Linux
- most new-to-Linux laptop users, because of scattershot hardware incompatibilities
- people dependent on a particular piece of obscure or specialized software
For most everyone else, there is probably a Linux solution for you.
Indeed, I think it would be ideal for
- schools, community centers and libraries, where browsing users are prone to find viruses online
- those who use — out of necessity or hobbyist or environmental interest — very old hardware
- those who prize community involvement, participatory governance, subsidiarity and sustainability among their core values
- or all of these, in sum, nonprofits or do-gooders who need a full-featured, stable, laterally-developed and non-stolen operating system and software
Linux isn’t going to work for everyone, but I suspect my regular readers are a better fit for it than the general public. Month by month the “start-up costs” of adopting Linux for non-tech people is dropping.