When the final bell tolls and Microsoft is forced to confront the Linux tidal wave (instead of playing its current game of misinformation and attrition) there will be one Achilles heel that the Redmond contingent can take advantage of: Choice.
Simply remind the average Linux user that they have a choice on any issue, and a frenzy of infighting erupts. Watch:
See? Half of you have already punched the reply button. I haven’t even gotten started.
- How about KDE or XFCE? Maybe XFCE with a little Gnome, or pure KDE?
- Or maybe Fluxbox everywhere?
- What about the CK patches? or no CK patches? Fork it? or stick a fork in it?
- Monolithic kernel or microkernel?
- xorg metapackage or xorg group?
- Default themes? Default applications? Default e-mail?
- Root or sudo?
- CLI or GUI?
- This distro or that distro?
- This wallpaper or that wallpaper?
See what I mean? It’s a very simple trick to throw sand in the bull’s eyes. Just ask an opinion on anything, and the whole revolution is unhinged, too busy picking lint from its bellybutton to notice anything else.
It’s ironic really, and sometimes comical. It’s like arguing if a 400-pound gorilla should be wearing pink booties or blue booties. What does it matter? That gorilla is going to dismember anything in its path, just as soon as you get past the wardrobe debate.
It’s a little sad too. The greatest asset Linux has is choice. You can install, use, code or borrow just about anything you like, and use it however you like.
But you know what? If you’re going to squat like a self-important toad on any particular point of preference, and harass your fellow believers because they don’t like your favorite color … well, then the battle was lost before it ever began. Microsoft 1, Linux … Did not show.