Linked by David Adams on Tue 7th Jun 2011 17:54 UTC
Editorial Bob Cringeley makes a bold statement in a blog post responding to Apple's iCloud announcement: "Jobs is going to sacrifice the Macintosh in order to kill Windows." He says, "The incumbent platform today is Windows because it is in Windows machines that nearly all of our data and our ability to use that data have been trapped. But the Apple announcement changes all that. Suddenly the competition isn't about platforms at all, but about data, with that data being crunched on a variety of platforms through the use of cheap downloaded apps."
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RE: Comment by ssokolow
by leech on Tue 7th Jun 2011 22:08 UTC in reply to "Comment by ssokolow"
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I just wish the "desktop" Linux distros would stop their colon-gazing and focus on enumerating and providing fail-safes for all the myriad things that can break just enough for geeks to not see a problem.

For example, last I checked, Windows and MacOS don't have an analogue to "Oops. You followed our simple update GUI and now your GUI won't boot. Please log into the console and manually use dpkg and apt-get to complete your interrupted upgrade".

I say this with the best of intentions as a geek whose mother runs Lubuntu quite happily.


I can quite happily say that is mostly an (x)ubuntu issue. I have seen more upgrades break Ubuntu than any other distribution (Fedora being a close second, but at least Fedora outright says that it's a testbed for new technologies) Personally I've been suggesting just Debian Squeeze for normal people. Though I do the initial set up. It's just simply more stable and you don't have to sweat it screwing up grub or something every time the user sees the update notification.

Ubuntu usually has a good initial setup, but it really stinks on the upgrades.

All this aside and being a bit off topic, but I don't see iCloud doing anything except for those iFreaks that think that iApple can't make any iShit.

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