Linked by David Adams on Fri 27th Jun 2008 04:46 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Erik Huggers, a Microsoft guy at the BBC, takes a look at Fedora 9 as his first Linux desktop and finds it surprisingly good. "I am glad that I got a chance to test drive Fedora and as a result have come to believe in the potential of Linux as a mainstream operating system. As Ashley said in this post last year, the BBC does a lot of work with open standards already - but in the future we plan to do more. We want to make iPlayer work on all operating systems including open source ones like Fedora and I am confident we'll make good progress on this before the end of the year."
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how do you define usable?
by unclefester on Sat 28th Jun 2008 10:11 UTC
unclefester
Member since:
2007-01-13

My early computer experiences included:

1. A C64 with tape drive.
2. A PDP-11.
3. A HP3000 mainframe with teletype terminals only.
4. DOS on some Sharp box with a single 360k floppy and a monochrome 80x25 monitor.

I managed to use all of them. Ubuntu 8.04 or even Fedora 9 is somewhat easier to use than any of the above.

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RE: how do you define usable?
by renhoek on Sat 28th Jun 2008 11:17 in reply to "how do you define usable?"
renhoek Member since:
2007-04-29

the os running on those machines had tight hardware restrictions, so comparing it is not fair.

you can define usable as how fast you can get the job done. we mostly ignore the user in the usability aspect, but that is simply not possible.

in my view the usability of linux is a lot better than windows since i don't have to search the internet for software but can use the build in package manager. this is the biggest advantage that linux has over windows and should be emphasized a lot more.

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RE: how do you define usable?
by unclefester on Sat 28th Jun 2008 12:01 in reply to "how do you define usable?"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

That should be a Sanyo MBC 500 not a Sharp.

HARDWARE
CPU 8088 (3.6 MHz) All RAM no wait
ROM 8 kB (IPL/CG)
RAM 128 kB (standard)-256 kB (max) includes 16 kB V-RAM
V-RAM 48 kB (includes 16 kB of main RAM)
Display RGB color monitor mode
(Color monitor CRT 70)

SANYO BASIC Supplied on a system diskette
Applications WordStar, SpellStar, InfoStar, EasyWriter
Operating System MS-DOS 2.11

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