Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Jan 2008 23:14 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "The Ubuntu developers are moving very quickly to bring you the absolute latest and greatest software the Open Source Community has to offer. Hardy Heron Alpha 3 is the third alpha release of Ubuntu 8.04, and with this new alpha release comes a whole host of excellent new features."
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seems promising
by vege on Thu 10th Jan 2008 23:56 UTC
vege
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2006-04-07

i wonder - if every release is going to be that much better - what a glorious goodness we will receive in 2017.06 Zippy Zealot ;)

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RE: seems promising
by g2devi on Fri 11th Jan 2008 00:17 in reply to "seems promising"
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2005-07-09

There's always room for improvement. Operating systems have changed dramatically in the last 10 years, and it's virtually impossible to compare the old 1970's "use the front panel switches to manually enter the boot sequence on" Altair OS to anything recent.

Granted, I doubt it'd go on forever. Word 97/Excel 97/etc functionality is all most people need. Eventually, people will stop working on the OS-level and GUI-level (which will be "good enough" for 95% of people) and start working about the really interesting problems.

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RE[2]: seems promising
by jessta on Fri 11th Jan 2008 01:36 in reply to "RE: seems promising"
jessta Member since:
2005-08-17


Granted, I doubt it'd go on forever. Word 97/Excel 97/etc functionality is all most people need. Eventually, people will stop working on the OS-level and GUI-level (which will be "good enough" for 95% of people) and start working about the really interesting problems.


In the past 10 years the hardware has changed a lot. But the software and the way it interacts with the user hasn't changed much at all and still feels inefficient and annoying.

There is plenty to be done in fixing the fundamentals of the OS and the basics of how people interact with their computers.

*Individual applications are still off on their own not playing nice with other applications.

*Users are still at the mercy of developers who may or may not have the insight to create their applications in a way that allows them to solve their specific problems.

*Security is still a big issue and will continue to become more of an issue as programs get more and more complex.

*A complete re-think of a lot of applications will be required to make use of the change to highly parallel computing.

*Most businesses are still doing word processing as their major use of computers. This word processing is based on the idea of making paper documents which is a huge waste.

These are still fairly interesting problems that still need solving.

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