Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Jan 2008 23:23 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "After the incredible success of the Asus Eee PC, other manufacturers are ready to get their piece of the pie. This means that within the next few months we are going to see this segment go from just two devices - the Eee PC and the Nanobook (which has yet to come out in the U.S. but which we have been hearing about for some time) - to many more." Another article on the Eee says: "Five of the 10 best-selling notebooks, including the top three models this weekend do not run Windows or Mac OS X. In fact, they are different models of the same diminutive notebook the Asus Eee PC - that runs on Linux."
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RE[3]: Competition is good
by dagw on Thu 31st Jan 2008 16:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Competition is good"
dagw
Member since:
2005-07-06

""but it can't run Windows applications"...
I agree - the quoted sentiment doesn't seem to affect Apple laptop sales "

That's because the two big killer 'apps' that make people say "but it can't run Windows applications" actually run on Macs. Namley MS Office and the Adobe/Macromedia stuff. When people say "but it can't run Windows applications", most of the time they are talking about those two application suits.

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RE[4]: Competition is good
by gustl on Thu 31st Jan 2008 20:29 in reply to "RE[3]: Competition is good"
gustl Member since:
2006-01-19

Well, OpenOffice.org is good enough for most people, and the import/export filters also are good enough for what most people do. Importing a MSOffice Document, editing it and exporting it back usually does not break enough of the layout to make you say "I should not have done that". Just correct the two flaws in the layout when you are back in MSOffice and resume working on that document.

That is one less Killer app.

And the Adobe/Macromedia staff is either available for Linux (Flash), or has programs with equivalent functionality (kpdf, xpdf, gpdf, print to pdf).
And instead of Photoshop you can use Gimp, as long as you are not in the professional publishing and printing business.

Thats the second killer App down.

Today, the only thing holding back Linux on the desktop is the scarcity of pre-installed boxes you can buy.
Dell is trying to sell pre-loaded laptops, but they are not offering the same machine on the same page with the Windows system as default, and the Linux system as Option, Price -50 USD.

But with the boom of the EeePC, maybe some retailers will see that most people honestly don't care what operating system they use, they just want a machine to do their work with.

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RE[4]: Competition is good
by lemur2 on Thu 31st Jan 2008 22:42 in reply to "RE[3]: Competition is good"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

""but it can't run Windows applications"...
I agree - the quoted sentiment doesn't seem to affect Apple laptop sales"

...

That's because the two big killer 'apps' that make people say "but it can't run Windows applications" actually run on Macs. Namley MS Office and the Adobe/Macromedia stuff. When people say "but it can't run Windows applications", most of the time they are talking about those two application suits.
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OpenOffice 3.0 will take care of that.

http://blog.gobanquet.com/index.php/openoffice-3-has-pdf-import-nat...

Full OpenDocument (ODF) support. PDF import, editing & export. Office 2007 XML support. Webpage authoring. Integrated email & PIM.

More features than Office 2007 (because Office 2007 can't do ODF or PDF). Free (as in zero cost). Open (as in "freedom" - especially freedom from lock-in). Community support. Standards support. Cross-platform. Future-proof (no forced upgrades to new versions). Interoperability. In addition to all that, it doesn't burden you with any new "ribbon" GUI learning curve to cope with.

Edited 2008-01-31 22:53 UTC

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RE[5]: Competition is good
by dagw on Fri 1st Feb 2008 10:42 in reply to "RE[4]: Competition is good"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

More features than Office 2007 (because Office 2007 can't do ODF or PDF)


So just because OOo has a couple of features that Office doesn't have, it all of a sudden has more features? I don't think it works that way (and math agrees with me).

But as has been said over and over again, it's not quantity of features that wins a person over, it's having the right features they need and having them work. I loath MS Office (and am no fan of OOo) and avoid it as often as I can. But when forced to use them I have to say I reluctantly prefer MS Office, not because it has more features, but because the features I need to use work better on Office than OOo.

As an example, I dropped using Photoshop for my photo editing in favour Picture Window pro (www.dl-c.com). PWP probably has less than 10% of the features PS has, but it has the right 10% that I need and those 10% work a lot better for me and are a lot easier and more powerful to use than in PS. Of course having only 10% of the features PWP will never challenge PS for market dominance, but I think the developers and all the users are quite OK with that.

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