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If the human brain can be compared to a search engine, it seems fair to say that most of us tend to scan the news each day for search terms and phrases that support our existing point of view.
That, indeed, could explain why a recent post over at the Linux Foundation has drawn so much attention on the Linux blogs. "HP to Put Linux in Printers and PCs: It's the End of an Era for Windows" was the title of Executive Director Jim Zemlin's post, and it was that last bit -- "end of an era for Windows" -- that fairly leapt off the virtual page for Linux Girl.
Windows has been good, but if more operating systems were available, I bet consumers would prove that if they had a choice, Windows wouldn't be their first choice.
Just curious do people still use that virus we know as windows? If so what for?? I am able to do pretty much anything on my computer with open source technology and haven't bought a single piece of software since finding Linux over a year ago.My wife and I have 3 computers and use Linux Mint only in our home(I use LMDE & she likes Mint9 Isadora). There is a very old XP tower just languishing in the back of our office. I think the last time it was used was to download a Linux distro LOL
Linux will never take over windows. MS has been around too long. As a Linux user, my frustration doesn't lie in MS, but in the programmers who have bought into developing only software that is supported for MS products. At least with the move to "the cloud" things are becoming increasingly html based, and will work through web browsers on any system. This eliminates the need for proprietary language.
Also, HP has been putting Linux kernel into its printers for some time. Their large format printers are configured with Linux software and partitions, and when you upgrade their firmware, they give you an open source agreement that you have to check off.
While Linux isn't for everyone, neither is Windows or Mac. I love my Linux Mint and don't find bugs to be deterrents, but challenges that I can play around with and understand how my system works.
Very interesting post. I find the original article both intriguing and somewhat ridiculous. I enjoy dual booting Windows and some forms of Linux. Windows 7 has been flawless for me, a rare triumph for MS. I've tried many Linux distros, many are simply not worth my time, but a few stand out such as Zorin OS and Linux Mint. They are ALMOST flawless but those pesky bugs- both minor and annoying are a persistent issue. Remember gOS, a desktop sold my Walmart a few years ago? I tried it, that's about it.For an alternative OS to really compete, it must work out of the box with no annoyances or surprises. For now, Windows is king.
Katherine, Do you work for the Canadian government or the CRTC ? They are all out of touch with reality too! Perhaps you should investigate BEFORE putting forth your obtuse opinions in the future.
Linux needs to be made more user friendly on the desktop. Also, too many varieties.
>Linux needs to be made more user friendly on the >desktop.
Its nice how old myths never seem to die to some people.
Being clueless is not a crime (heck it means you are ready to be a politician) but being clueless and braggin should be.
Maybe you need some seniors to teach you how to use a computer.
I have about 10-12 seniors (parents, inlaws, aunts/uncles) that have been using Linux for the past 2 years (saving me about 99% of my time cleaning out the usual garbage).
Half of them never used a computer before. HALF.
So please tell me more about what you claim to know. Like I said, I have a 84 year old aunt that can DL pictures from her camera through Digikam, uses FF and Thunderbird as well as Skype every day and watches DVD's regularly.
She has lots of free time to give lessons.
>Also, too many varieties.
I know the feeling.. I go to BaskinRobbins and see the choices or go to the market and see the cereal choices and it scares me too.
Actually, Ive been eating the same cereal for centuries it seems and Im a Cherry Garcia kinda guy. Im set in my ways. Choice never hurt me before.
As for the article, we access the internet through our game console, phone and netbook (im not into holding a tablet) about 70% of the time at home.
Im not saying that everyone has changed their usage but a few years ago, the only place to go online was your desktop. Then the laptop prices became competitive and we moved away from the desktop.
Since then, we are adding more and more ways to get connected making the desktop less important.
The desktop will not disappear but it is not the only game in town anymore. It is now one of many ways we accesss the internet.
This move isnt THE move that will be the difference maker but it is a move that like many others takes people out of the MS ecosystem.
People now realize that you dont NEED Microsoft to be online.
THAT is the big change.
Just wait till people realize that they have no need for Office to write a few letters.