.I feel its the little things that count..whats the point of having a big adverts when people can't get hold of Linux
It's kinda a bit like the chicken and the egg scenario in a way. For Linux to get out there it needs to be known. For that to happen it needs to get out there ... and as it does so ... then so to will the usability enhancements have to improve.
I see it a little like the way in which the "make" program got it self developed/invented. It just had to be done ... other wise a whole bunch of programmers would have gone completely batty as a result (grin). In that, often, things don't happen because someone decides they should. It generally occurs either by accident, as was the case with the original Linux expression ... LT had no idea the impact that his "hobby" OS was really going to have. The world was just ripe at the time. Or, by necessity, as in "make". Both are evolutionary processes. One represents the mutation, the other, environmental selection.
All that can really be done along those lines, is to nudge the ball and get it rolling. After having just gone right through the ASUS site trying to get info on my new board (A8V-D) i'v been left in a somewhat, semi-state of shock ... at just how much the orientation is all to do with MS. seems thats the only OS in the world, according to ASUS ... oh, yes, Mac also exists, but only kinda. Linux does get a verrry brieeef mention. But then, only in passing. Does ASUS like Ms ... i don't think they give a flick really. It's where the market is, is about all their concerned with.
So Linux must advertise ... thats obvious. The only real issue is the style of advertising engaged in. There muusst be lots of people besides my self who get pissed off with the level of attack that adverts often aim at. Some of it just goes straight for the back lob/animal areas. And they know it works... Notice how it's getting embedded in modern tv shows now, ( so suubbbtleee ).
Linux has to remain different. Different/alternative is good ... thats the message. Its' come this far, which is to far now to just blow, or lose out to popularist methods. The development of desktop ease, installation ease ... without sacrificing the enhanced UNIX like security model, and the "lots of small tools that all work together --- limited only to the degree a person can imagine how to use them" UNIX like model ... will occur by necessity, not by a specific decision. After all, all the great programs, like great art works ... they will create themselves once someone starts them off with a sketch. Bill himself only started becoming amiable due to business necessity, not by personal decision. I think it may have actually been a firm kick in the butt from one of his high-paid publicity advisers whose advice was ignored once to often concerning "how we express demeanour when leaving a private meeting and bumping into the press" type of thing. So, advertising may be just whats been needed to get that nudge going. Besides, most people, and most people don't do computers ... if it hasn't been seen on tv, then it probably doesn't really exist
It's not cheap advertising on tv either, so i guess it will be up to the larger supporters to decide on the form.