Tell Them It’s Linux!!
I saw an interesting video a few days ago. I’ve already discussed it a bit with people over at the Linux Outlaws Forums ™ but figured I should write something here that might reach a slightly larger audience, emphasis being on the word “slightly” in that sentence 😉 So here goes. First watch the video below in case you haven’t seen it…
I found it amusing that most people thought KDE 4 was Windows 7 but hardly that surprising if I’m honest. I wouldn’t expect most people in the general public to know the difference and why should they? This was obviously meant just as a joke and that’s all very well but as I watched one thought screamed louder and louder inside my head, “for god’s sake tell them it’s Linux!!!”. I know this wasn’t a Linux advocacy project and I don’t even know if these guys care at all about open source, it’s up to them but they could have said just one word to these people after showing them the software. A little word beginning with “L” and ending in “x”. As I watched these people looking at Amarok and saying “oh wow, is this included?” I got more and more irate. Far from realising they could have it all for absolutely nothing these poor folk will be rushing to hand over their hard earned cash to Microsoft when Windows 7 comes out. I know in the video they make a joke of it by saying they’ve learned nothing from the whole thing, that’s cool, I like a laugh as much as the next guy, probably more but it does bother me they’ve effectively advertised Windows on the back of KDE. It probably sound like I’m taking to seriously and maybe I am but come on guys! One word, that’s all it would have taken.
I’m off to mutter angrily under my breath in a corner, please feel free to ignore me 🙂