Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Jul 2007 16:01 UTC, submitted by SEJeff
Linux After years of being relegated to server racks and the desktops of ultrageeks, Linux is finally making some headway as a viable alternative to Windows on the consumer desktop. That's the optimistic message delivered by a newly energized contingent of Linux proponents. By employing the same consumer-friendly marketing techniques practiced by Microsoft, and by taking advantage of the rising popularity of web-based applications, Linux vendors are getting ready for what they say will be a wave of consumer interest in the free operating system.
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Look at what Linux does with crap hardware.
by SEJeff on Thu 26th Jul 2007 19:48 UTC
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compiz-fusion is gorgeous on my aging thinkpad and works out of the box with open source drivers and 512MB of ram. Vista doesn't deliver 1/2 the user experience on the same hardware (I tried).

An empty desktop with Vista Home took up a bit more than 800MB of ram. As pretty as Vista is, it got wiped out for XP on the one machine in my posession that runs windows.

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