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Posted Jun 1, 2011 7:54 UTC (Wed) by rsidd (subscriber, #2582)
Posted Jun 1, 2011 10:00 UTC (Wed) by danieldk (subscriber, #27876)
1. To avoid Linux' geeky image. Don't forget that many potential users previously had bad experiences or heard about them. Linux on the desktop has an image as a tinkerer's system.
2. To elevate themselves to the 'operating system' rather than 'distribution' category (i.e. one can pick between Windows, OS X, Ubuntu, and Linux). This gives the perception of Ubuntu being a real competitor to Windows and OS X, not just another flavor of a marginal (on the desktop) operating system.
I think that from a PR-perspective this is a good thing.
Posted Jun 1, 2011 11:25 UTC (Wed) by xtifr (subscriber, #143)
Posted Jun 1, 2011 13:17 UTC (Wed) by candtalan (guest, #75332)
Yes I hope this is the reason to avoid the 'L' word!
The 'L' word has been taken over by the FUD merchants and is a *very* effective way of getting the Linux using community to collude with the FUD!
It has taken years and still there is no succinct popular word to own a Linux based operating system!
Uncertainty about what linux really means, is it the formal name of the kernel (yes), is it an operating system (well yes, sort of...), what traditions are implied, how can libc be for PC novices (I did not actually say that....), what is a kernel anyway (well it is like this - have you got a few hours to spare?).....? It is endless.
Meanwhile, the opposition silently gloat at a vast community with a lack of marketing appreciation.
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