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Linux With Linux on the desktop going from a slow crawl to verging on an explosion, many have toiled with the question: How do we make this happen faster? A well-known Austin-based Linux Advocate thinks he has the answer.
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Say no to drugs...
by tomcat on Thu 24th Jan 2008 00:03 UTC
tomcat
Member since:
2006-01-06

"With Linux on the desktop going from a slow crawl to verging on an explosion..."

(Rolls eyes) Verging on an explosion? C'mon, who do they think they're kidding here? I wish that I had a dime for every prediction of The Year of the Linux Desktop. Linux is a great OS but, whether or not you agree about its greatness or suitability for the masses, it's a niche OS and will remain so for quite some time. This is an objective fact. The market share numbers bear it out so, if you're going to argue that it isn't a niche OS, you're living in a different reality than the majority of us.

...stop porting *nix software to Windows...

This isn't stopping Linux adoption. Rather, it's because they can't use Photoshop and Office and countless other productivity apps (that are available on OS X and Windows) on *nix. And, again, anybody who thinks that GIMP or OpenOffice or fill-in-the-blank is better than its commercial alternative needs to do a reality check.

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RE: Say no to drugs...
by wakeupneo on Thu 24th Jan 2008 02:41 in reply to "Say no to drugs..."
wakeupneo Member since:
2005-07-06

I'll happily 'fill in the blank'...K3B. Simply the best burning program out there in my opinion.

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RE[2]: Say no to drugs...
by tomcat on Thu 24th Jan 2008 04:21 in reply to "RE: Say no to drugs..."
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

I use Nero. Can't complain. It burns everything.

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RE[2]: Say no to drugs...
by raver31 on Thu 24th Jan 2008 17:34 in reply to "RE: Say no to drugs..."
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

Another killer Linux app is Amarok.

Every Ubuntu install I am asked to do, (and they are increasing every day)....

It runs Gnome, but I type this...

sudo aptitude install k3b amarok gps gkrellm mc joe


then set /usr/bin/kdeinit and /usr/bin/gkrellm
as start up programs in session manager... lovely...

Anyway, Amarok, simply the best music application on any platform. Can't be beat.

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RE: Say no to drugs...
by archiesteel on Thu 24th Jan 2008 04:54 in reply to "Say no to drugs..."
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

Hey, tomcat, did you hear about the EeePC? Apparently it's doing quite well...

As for the usual rant against Gimp and OpenOffice, it conveniently ignores the fact that, for 95% of users, these software are perfectly adequate.

Anyway, if you're not going to participate in this debate in a meaningful way (i.e. not restate your well-known anti-Linux agenda), perhaps you should simply abstain. Just a thought...

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RE[2]: Say no to drugs...
by csixty4 on Thu 24th Jan 2008 13:37 in reply to "RE: Say no to drugs..."
csixty4 Member since:
2007-10-08

As for the usual rant against Gimp and OpenOffice, it conveniently ignores the fact that, for 95% of users, these software are perfectly adequate.


How many of those users actually bought Office or Photoshop, though?

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v RE[2]: Say no to drugs...
by tomcat on Thu 24th Jan 2008 21:55 in reply to "RE: Say no to drugs..."
RE: Say no to drugs...
by oomingmak on Thu 24th Jan 2008 18:16 in reply to "Say no to drugs..."
oomingmak Member since:
2006-09-22

"With Linux on the desktop going from a slow crawl to verging on an explosion..."

(Rolls eyes) Verging on an explosion? C'mon, who do they think they're kidding here?

Well, it does beg the question why they need to find ways to accelerate take-up if there is already an "explosion".

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