[kwlug-disc] Google dumps Windows OS

Shane shane.msg at gmail.com
Tue Jun 1 20:00:55 EDT 2010

Aa you all know and would all realize if you tuned into your r-brain, the answer is marketing.  "Lunux" was chosen to honor/remember/respect/whatever Linus Torvalds.  "Android" was chosen because it is a well-known term the meaning of which can be stretched to include this situation with no big problem.

Also, at least from the outside, Linux with its many flavors appears fragmented.  Thanks again to marketing, funded in large part by I've no idea who, people seem to have the idea that choice and customizability is bad.  Most people resist change; it requires that they think.  However, change does happen. 

I was speaking to a young lady at Fairway Mall today and we got to talking about mobile phones just after she had received a call.  She had a Motorola Backflip.  She had won it so she figured she might as well use it.  It is the first Android phone she has ever used and she just loves it.

Another crack in the wall?  Possibly.  People naturally resist confinement.  As more people find out, MS will take more hits.  

I have been saying almost from day one that the really weird thing is that all MS had to do to blunt the rise of Lunux was provide value.   Apparently the one strategy that never occurred to them.
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.

-----Original Message-----
From: unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca>
Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2010 19:00:16 
To: KWLUG discussion<kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Google dumps Windows OS

Chris Frey wrote, On 06/01/2010 6:30 PM:
> On Tue, Jun 01, 2010 at 06:26:38PM -0400, unsolicited wrote:
>> Perhaps a case in point - how many iPads have or will be sold? Why? On 
>> what basis? Doesn't seem to matter. How can we get 'Linux' there, too?
> It wouldn't be called "Linux" though.  Perhaps it would be called "Android."
> Or maybe the "L-Pad" :-)

Actually, you just provide another example of my point. Sort of.

At least Symbian seems more 'purchasable' than 'Linux.' [And do we 
want to promote <Closed Hardware 'Open' Software> Android over <Open 
Hardware Open Software> Symbian. - Let's leave that discussion for 
another day. Yes, 'Symbian' isn't particularly more specific than 
'Linux.' No, you can't walk in somewhere and say I want a Symbian 
phone the way you can walk in and say I want a Mac, let alone an iPad.]

Yet, somehow, 'Android' seems to feel like a more 'can reach out and 
touch it' (buy it) type 'term', than 'Linux', and 'Linux' has been at 
it a lot longer. If Android 'marketing' has been more 'successful', 
why hasn't 'Linux', or why is Linux still going about it in a manner 
that has been shown to be less successful than desired, in the past.

Repeating the same actions and expecting a different result ...

Sorry if I've started another pointless, unanswerable, around in 
circles, thread. Worse - hijacked the thread.

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