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Re: Ubuntu 11.10 and the Oddly Oneiric 'Countdown'
Posted by: Katherine Noyes 2011-10-20 11:05:36
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It's often the case that anticipating a thing is just as pleasurable as the thing itself, and that seemed to be more true than ever with the latest Ubuntu release. Yes, Ubuntu 11.10, or "Oneiric Ocelot," made its long-awaited debut exactly a week ago, apparently -- though not unanimously -- bringing considerable pleasure to users far and wide. At least equally intriguing, however, was the so-called "countdown" that was launched ahead of time, presumably to mark the days until the big release.

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Posted by: yoffedavid 2011-11-12 19:15:41 In reply to: Katherine Noyes
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Barbara nailed it
Posted by: hairyfeet 2011-10-24 20:49:04 In reply to: Katherine Noyes
And that is one of the big reasons (along with the frankly horrible driver breakage) why I don't offer Linux as an option anymore in my shop. There is ALWAYS one 'mission critical' app that WILL NOT RUN and to the user that makes FOSS 'free as in worthless' because nobody wants to mess with that dual boot nonsense and if they already have Windows installed why shouldn't they use it?

For the home users its the software that came with their gadgets, their cams, their printers, their PMPs. anybody who has just grabbed a device at random without research and tried to just plug and play with linux knows how well that doesn't work, and folks LIKE the software that comes with their stuff. heck i had one lady that kept the same camera software through 4 different cameras because she liked it so much.

On the business side Quickbooks and Quicken is God and rightly so, because with it one QB girl (and its ALWAYS a girl, you'd think they had a union or something) can run the whole business from her desk. the supply chain, invoices, taxes, its all easy peasy for the QB girl and there is NO Linux software that comes close.

So I'd say the only real shot linux has if it doesn't work on a free "XP Mode" style VM for running all those Windows apps is mobile. Folks are already conditioned to think the software that worked in phone foo won't work with phone bar so you don't have to run previous apps.

But there is A REASON why MSFT kills themselves maintaining backwards compatibility, and it is because THAT is what makes it valuable to users. not the bling, not the UI, its the apps. and sadly while Linux has a billion text editors and other programmer toys the apps the daily folks use, QB/Quicken, Photoshop/PS Pro, and all those little specialty apps like medical billing and warehouse inventory and all the rest? Often there is NO application to even replace them with. so there really needs to be a concerted effort as Barbara said to build a "its easy' VM style way for running windows apps. Maybe ReactOS will get it right?
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