Linked by Massimo Sandal on Thu 7th Jul 2005 20:14 UTC
Linux Recently in a post on my blog I argued that, despite many claims to the contrary, GNU/Linux is almost ready for the desktop. In particular, I argued that GNU/Linux is already a very good and easy desktop if people just take the time to learn its very basic differences with Windows before actually using it. Note: Don't forget to rate this article!
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RE: Bravo Lumbergh
by ma_d on Fri 8th Jul 2005 01:33 UTC in reply to "Bravo Lumbergh"
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Yea, I'd happily pay for most of that stuff too. However, I wouldn't pay for it while giving up my favorite environment and switching to something I don't really like: I don't think I'd much like Linspire; I know I don't like Mandrake; and I don't like XandrOS. Course, I'm picky.

I'm not sure how much most people care about some of these things. I'll go down through them:
1.) DVD's: Players are $40; a working player is $100 or so.
2.) Windows Codecs: A lot of people hardly watch anything on their computer. The people who end up needing the most codecs are generally watching things that are let's say not public affairs. I'm not implying that people who need Windows codecs are perverts; I'm saying that there's a fairly small set of commonly used codecs and then a cluster-**** of oddballs. Most professionials aren't going to distribute the oddballs.
Of course, there's always Aunt Tillie with her digital camcorder. And she needs a PC, because Sony saved $100 by not putting a dvd recorder on the camcorder and they got to line-item 85 features that 85 people will use! (exaggeration)
3.) Word compatibility: This is a business issue more than anything else. Seriously! How many people exchange word documents for fun!
4.) Truetype fonts: There's a group of people who loathe them. Seriously. About a week ago I read in Joel Spolsky's book where he was complaining about anti-aliasing; the example he showed looks just like the default aliasing on Windows (which looks really pretty, but does edge on fuzzy). Then he went on to say totally unaliased fonts are better and I started wondering what was going on between his ears.

I think one of the worst new problems is this, and this is bigger than DVD support: iTunes.
And people wonder why I don't like Apple.

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