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Monday, May 21 12:01 AM EST

Study Shows Linux Users
Can Go Windows

By Brian Briggs

Redmond, WA - A recent study funded by Microsoft shows that Linux users can go Windows if they have enough determination.  "Linux use is not encoded in your DNA or a result of an abusive childhood.  It's a choice that people make, and we think it's a mistake," said chief researcher Marc Switzer.   "Our study shows that with enough determination that 'mistake' can be corrected."

Blue Ribbon

Linux users often wear blue ribbons to show support for their lifestyle.

Mr. Switzer continued, "All those cryptic terms on the command line just aren't natural.  That's not what God...er...Mr. Gates intended."

In response to the study, Microsoft has set up a nationwide hotline at 1-800-GO-WINDOWS which offers counseling services for Linux users who need support in making the switch. Cindy Kohn, a Microsoft counselor said, "A lot of our callers are just confused youth who are unsure of their OS orientation.  We help guide them so they can make informed choices."

Of those who embraced the Windows lifestyle after years of using Linux, 80% stated that "pressure from society and co-workers" was their chief reason for switching.   Others said that their Linux use was "just experimentation", or a "mistake while they were drunk in college."  Thirty percent of the research subjects said that they had not told their family about their Linux usage.

One participant in the study who "switched" said, "I'd go into the computer lab, and ask the Lab Captain if they had any machines running Linux that I could use.  That's when the stares would start.  I got rather uncomfortable.   Finally, I just started using Windows so I would fit in."

Gary Liu who heads up the National Unix and Linux Users Task Force criticized the study, "The research was funded by Microsoft, a company that is a well known perpetrator of lies about Linux.  The studies that we've conducted show that long time Linux users rarely switch, and are very comfortable with their decision.  We've got a saying among our type of people.  'Once you hack, you'll never go back.'"

Going from Linux to Windows isn't the only direction people switch said Mr. Liu, "We know of many users in the Linux community who at one time were Windows users.   In fact we know of many users who go both ways on a daily basis.  There are many colors on the OS rainbow.  People should be free to choose."

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