Divide And Conquer Should Work For GNU/Linux

So many times we read here in comments and in articles out in the web that migration to GNU/Linux is hard/impossible because… It is hard/impossible to move a ship from some factory inland to a shipyard but it is routine/easy if only the parts need to be shipped. Stop making migration to GNU/Linux look hard by identifying various problems. No problem prevents migrating a good chunk of IT to FLOSS on GNU/Linux.“Migrating to Linux is based on the use case. If you are home or are a developer, you are going to want to use all the power available in Linux. That is a no-brainer. There is no one easy way to migrate to another operating system. No one use case fits all. It is dependent on the user base.”

Typically, 80-90% of users use only a few generic applications like word-processor and browser and their use is little different on one OS or another. On the other hand there are huge difficulties migrating to M$’s next OS: price of licences and needing new hardware. M$’s next OS is not going to recognize all your hardware. M$’s next OS will require paying for a new licence. The fewer of those expensive migrations you do, the better off you are.

Install FireFox web browser and LibreOffice on you PCs running that other OS. Migrate everyone and everything and every task that works with those on GNU/Linux. Just do it. The few problems with the rest can be solved eventually. Work on that with the time you save by doing IT the right way.

Divide and Conquer is not an insurmountable barrier to migration to GNU/Linux but a sound strategy for getting it done sooner rather than later.

See Making Linux Feel at Home.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to Divide And Conquer Should Work For GNU/Linux

  1. kurkosdr says:

    “M$’s next OS is not going to recognize all your hardware.”

    No. Windows 8 is compatible with drivers introduced with Vista. That’s 7 years of back compat This is what we Windows dudes mean when we say “back compat”.

    “M$’s next OS will require paying for a new licence. ”
    This is the major reason most people don’t upgrade. They just use the version of Windows that came with their computer, ’till the computer is old and needs to be replaced anyway.

    And you know what? It DOESN’T matter. Because old Windows versions can run new desktop apps. It’s amazing. No need to mess with backports, 0 install, hacks and other stuff like that. Just download the official binary from the website and install it. It will work, unless you are using a really really old WIndows version.

    This is why I talk people out of Linux. If they have Windows, I can just tell them to download the latest official version of VLC, Firefox or KingSoft Office and I don’t have to care what version they are running. Linux has problems like this:
    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/02/install-latest-vlc-release-ubuntu-12-04
    (oh they irony, Windows 7 runs the latest official VLC just fine, Ubuntu 12.04 can’t) Everyone in Linuxland assumes you have the latest and greatest version. Which means users are forced to upgrade. Which means drivers and proprietary apps may get broken (because Linux doesn’t do back compat either). Which means they ‘ll call for support. Which is the reason I talk them out of Linux.

    With Windows, old apps can be installed in new versions of Windows, and new apps can be installed in new versions of Windows.

    PS: Gotta love that, when the above post was made, 12.04 was the LATEST FRICKIN’ LTS. So, they don’t assume you have the latest LTS, they assume you have the latest non-LTS. Did I say how upgrades to non-LTS versions can break your GPU drivers?

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