Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jun 2008 22:08 UTC, submitted by TLZ_
Hardware, Embedded Systems Acer has stated that it will be pushing Linux aggressively on its laptops and netbooks. The company is already heavily promoting Linux for its low cost ultra-portable netbook range out later this year, but senior staff have said that Acer will also push Linux on its laptops. Acer has already started selling Linux in its Media PC business but this should now spread, according to Gianpiero Morbello, vice president of marketing and brand at Acer. "We have shifted towards Linux because of Microsoft," he said. "Microsoft has a lot of power and it is going to be difficult, but we will be working hard to develop the Linux market."
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RE: Comment by moleskine
by ari-free on Wed 4th Jun 2008 23:58 UTC in reply to "Comment by moleskine"
ari-free
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2007-01-22

if the linux community itself understood the concept of ecosystem we wouldn't have all of these distros. There would be one OS called Linux and you could play with it any way you want but it wouldn't be an official linux OS.

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RE[2]: Comment by moleskine
by Stephen! on Thu 5th Jun 2008 00:07 in reply to "RE: Comment by moleskine"
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2007-11-24

"if the linux community itself understood the concept of ecosystem we wouldn't have all of these distros. There would be one OS called Linux and you could play with it any way you want but it wouldn't be an official linux OS."

We could call it PCLinuxOS ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by moleskine
by WereCatf on Thu 5th Jun 2008 00:12 in reply to "RE: Comment by moleskine"
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2006-02-15

if the linux community itself understood the concept of ecosystem we wouldn't have all of these distros. There would be one OS called Linux and you could play with it any way you want but it wouldn't be an official linux OS.

It just won't happen. Some distros have feature A, whereas other have feature B, and then while it would be possible to have both A+B in a distro there is also the feature C which isn't compatible with either..Ie. distros are aimed at different kinds of groups and uses. Some distros are a lot better suited for f.ex. running servers, while some of them are aimed at very old hardware and need to be light, and so on.

Besides, there isn't just one version of Windows either...you need two hands to count the different versions of Vista for example.

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RE[3]: Comment by moleskine
by WorknMan on Thu 5th Jun 2008 01:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by moleskine"
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2005-11-13

Besides, there isn't just one version of Windows either...you need two hands to count the different versions of Vista for example.


You're right.. but ideally, there should be only one version of Vista too.

And anyway, you're comparing apples to oranges. If I compile a program in one version of Vista, the same executable will almost always install and run unmodified in any other version. I don't have to re-package/modify it to run on a different version. And in most cases, it'll also work on all versions of XP and 2k.

Edited 2008-06-05 01:02 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by moleskine
by melkor on Thu 5th Jun 2008 03:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by moleskine"
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2006-12-16

And that is both Linux' strongest and weakest points. Choice is good, but only if your market is capable of making use of the choice. Your average computer user doesn't give a flying **** about choice, they just want it to work. Too much choice is confusing, and therefore undesirable.

All the people pushing Linux just must not be able to look at computers and software from the eyes of the average user, cos Linux keeps making the same mistakes.

One DE. One package management system. One distro. That is the ONLY way Linux will go forward in the market. We'll still be here in 20 years with Linux having 3% of the market I honestly believe, unless things change.

Dave

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RE[2]: Comment by moleskine
by jabbotts on Thu 5th Jun 2008 12:32 in reply to "RE: Comment by moleskine"
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2007-09-06

There is just one Linux; there are multiple distinctly different but very similar OS distributions that choose to use Linux as there kernel.

I like Mandriva OS which happens to use the Linux kernel. Other's like Debian OS while Ubuntu OS is the favourite in the media.

(I just get so tired of "there should be only one distribution" crap because choice and evolution through darwinism are two of the biggest strengths)

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