Nerds thinking they're going to make an impact on the OS market amuses me.
Actually, this time, you are taking a risk...
Firefox, it was basically advertised by nerds, and installed on all family computers by nerds.
Android, most of the pads and phones are Linux, if I'm not mistaken.
Linux, is actually a lot more stable and easier to use and install than Windows 8.
Valve, is giving it a big push.
Google, will probably like if Linux succeeds.
Windows, is making sure users are really confused.
I'm not expecting wonders, but there is a lot more going than it was 5 years ago. At least we are at the point where I'm starting to recommend Linux for many use cases and people. And I'm starting to install it if someone asks me to repair their PC. Heck, I even managed to walk a girl, who knows little about computers, through installation process of Ubuntu over the phone, and get it to connect to MAC locked Internet. I wouldn't even dare to do the same with Windows.
And I'm happy I did the switch to Mint, not even single day so far when I wanted to go back to Windows 7 or, not to mention, 8.
Moreover I'm not even a Linux fanboy, I was rather against it most of the time. It's just that there have been a lot of the right movements, which have changed the overall picture.
Linux in no longer that crazy, unusable nerd thing that needed regular terminal sessions to get it working and keep it running. All it needs is for people to slowly realize it's so.
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