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Best Buy Receives the Facts on Linux, From Microsoft

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: 03:06PM

A leaked training course for Best Buy employees has made its way on to the internet. The training course was provided by Microsoft and educates the employees on the truth behind Linux. The training informs employees that Windows is safer than Linux and seems to indicate that Linux may not receive free updates. As an avid Linux user, I am shocked at the claims made in these training slides. While some of points about being easy to use and be comfortable with may be valid for an advanced distro like Gentoo, there are plenty of versions that are very easy to use. A casual PC user would likely be able to do everything they needed to on a Windows computer using Ubuntu for example. It is this kind of misinformation that can lead people away from using Linux, and it just isn't right.

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tkrow21 on September 8, 2009 04:21PM
wildman2 on September 8, 2009 04:29PM
That's not right at all.
Zertz on September 8, 2009 05:22PM
You know a competitor is getting too much attention when Microsoft does this. I still believe ease of use of Windows is far ahead of Linux... it's great, but not quite ready for large mainstream adoption, yet.
d3bruts1d on September 9, 2009 05:46AM
One of the main problems with Linux is the lack of a standard way to do anything. Each distro wants to do their own thing, so it isn't easy for new users to move between distros.
cchalogamer on September 8, 2009 06:21PM
Honestly the average idiot i deal with cant figure out if the email they use is web based, so no Linux is NOT for most of the people I deal with at work, but yeah M$ puts a load of poo in their training (like the one i did the other night to get a $10 copy of 7). Too bad the avg worker @ theses stores has no clue.
d3bruts1d on September 9, 2009 05:46AM
Heck, the average idiot I deal with cannot even figure out how to get on the web. Forget email. :p
The Smith on September 8, 2009 06:39PM
Windows Live Essentials: Supported on Windows, not supported on Linux. :lol: I hope so, that's developed by Microsoft!!! It's like saying Tomboy notes are not supported by Windows!!!
Zertz on September 8, 2009 07:41PM
I wonder if it works through Wine...
NCC10281982B on September 8, 2009 09:01PM
CheeseMan42 on September 9, 2009 07:12AM
I think people who have no idea what they are doing may be the easiest to convert to Linux. It would be just the same trying to teach them how to use Windows. I think it would be easy enough to teach someone how to use Ubuntu which has a great graphical interface. I might do a lot of stuff on the command line, but that doesn't mean that everyone has to. Regardless of whether it is ready for mainstream use, that doesn't make it right to spread false information to discourage its use.
ClayMeow on September 9, 2009 07:21AM
I disagree with your assessment. The only slide that is questionable is the one that says Windows is safer than Linux, but everything else is pretty much 100% correct.
Waco on September 9, 2009 02:32PM
For the average Joe I have to agree. Linux is definitely safer to use versus Windows though. At least it's not as blatantly retarded as the Mac vs. PC ads that Apple runs. :P
KennyisKing on September 12, 2009 10:46AM
did my posting of windows 7 for 10 bucks start this? LMAO
Jump4h on September 16, 2009 05:46AM

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