Re: What drives people away from Linux?
For myself, it was fear; fear of my own lack of knowledge. But, I was so sick and tired of Windows that I was willing to give it a try. I found a Red Hat For Dummies book at a thrift shop, complete with an installation CD. I was afraid to try it on my own computer, so I got an old computer from a friend who just bought new. It was exciting and scary at the same time, but I knew I could learn it if I put my mind to it.
That old computer died shortly thereafter, so I started researching Linux distributions. Ubuntu appealed because it was geared for the common computer user. I painfully managed to install it with a dual boot for Windows, which I never used.
I think the biggest problem for me (and one that almost made me stick with Windows when I bought my newest computer), is that any time I need technical support say, from the company I bought my computer from, or my service provider, or for new hardware; tech support can't/won't help me. As soon as they hear "Linux," they interrupt me with "we don't support Linux." That's frustrating for a non-technical user like me. What they want to do is pass me off to specialized support for $$$, with no guarantee they can solve my problem. The forums are what has saved me time and time again. I don't know what I would do without the folks here, who are so willing to help.
That is the only reason I keep Windows on a partition of my hard drive, in case I need tech support for any of those things. Other than that, I would never change from Linux. I might try a different distro, but I'll stick with Linux forever.
"Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects." Will Rogers