graeme_p - 7:21 am on Mar 4, 2013 (gmt 0)
I never said Linux was the problem. It's not. Give me a few millions and I'll show you what I can get running on Linux.
A lot more than a few millions has gone into the Linux desktop. I personally prefer it to Windows or Mac, both for myself and for family users I support. I really do think marketing is by far the biggest problem. There are certainly below par bits in Linux desktop, but there are horrible things in the Windows UI - I get annoyed and frustrated every time I have to use Windows.
Neither Windows or MacOS had a reasonably easy way of installing software until very recently, both impose a shorter life cycle on your hardware. neither gives you a choice of vendors, etc.
Having copied several of the genealogy CDs now it's looking as if the majority are PDFs with a few text files thrown in.
Why do people wrap a Windows executable around standard formats? I have come across it myself a few times. Annoying.
I may be an exception here in that I do use Access (and almost never Excel or Word).
Far more people use Excel and MS Word than Access, and the combination of using Access often and never Excel of WOrd is probably unusual - then again I think everyone on a forum like think probably has some unusual usage patterns. :)
More constructively, there appear to be tools to migrate access to Libre office, and to migrate access databaes to Sqlite. I have never tried any of them so, but they do exist.