Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Aug 2008 12:10 UTC, submitted by judgen
Linux As we all know by now, netbooks are the latest craze in the computing world. Small notebooks, perfect for on the go, and relatively cheap. The interesting thing is that these netbooks are often offered with Linux pre-installed instead of Windows, and this prompts many to believe that it is the netbook niche where Linux will gain its first solid foothold among the general populace. "It does a lot to level the playing field. In fact, Linux looks to be quick out of the gate," said Jay Lyman, analyst with the 451 Group. However - is that really happening?
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Linux? Yeah right!
by theCyberHawk on Wed 13th Aug 2008 16:56 UTC
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2008-08-13

I can configure and detect my network HW without any pain and troubles in Windows XP/Vista...
Well, I've tried to do so with either Mandriva One and OpenSUSE without results and with lot of wasted time.
Although I dislike Microsoft but Linux is waaaayyy too crappy to catch on on the desktop...
Sorry, no big future.
It's better if Linux people threw there efforts behind ReactOS since I think it's the only real threat to Microsoft and the only real (viable) alternative.

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RE: Linux? Yeah right!
by lemur2 on Wed 13th Aug 2008 23:35 in reply to "Linux? Yeah right!"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I can configure and detect my network HW without any pain and troubles in Windows XP/Vista... Well, I've tried to do so with either Mandriva One and OpenSUSE without results and with lot of wasted time. Although I dislike Microsoft but Linux is waaaayyy too crappy to catch on on the desktop... Sorry, no big future. It's better if Linux people threw there efforts behind ReactOS since I think it's the only real threat to Microsoft and the only real (viable) alternative.


I don't believe you.

When I installed Mandriva or OpenSuSe or Ubuntu ... each one of them finds the network on boot up to a LiveCD without any configuration whatsoever. In fact they find the network and can use it before they are even installed on the machine.

Windows XP or Vista on the same machine ... can't even recognise the network card out of the box until I insert an additional CD (motherboard drivers CD) after fully installing the OS (having had to reboot two or three time in the process before I even get to that point).

However ... stepping beyond all that ... your point (even if it were true) is utterly moot for a netbook machine with pre-installed Linux on it. Such a machine will have a vastly more functional and useable desktop than any version of Windows pre-installed on the same hardware ... because the Windows machine will not have any Office suite or productivity applications installed.

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RE[2]: Linux? Yeah right!
by cyclops on Wed 13th Aug 2008 23:50 in reply to "RE: Linux? Yeah right!"
cyclops Member since:
2006-03-12

"I can configure and detect my network HW without any pain and troubles in Windows XP/Vista... Well, I've tried to do so with either Mandriva One and OpenSUSE without results and with lot of wasted time. Although I dislike Microsoft but Linux is waaaayyy too crappy to catch on on the desktop... Sorry, no big future. It's better if Linux people threw there efforts behind ReactOS since I think it's the only real threat to Microsoft and the only real (viable) alternative.


I don't believe you.

When I installed Mandriva or OpenSuSe or Ubuntu ... each one of them finds the network on boot up to a LiveCD without any configuration whatsoever. In fact they find the network and can use it before they are even installed on the machine.

Windows XP or Vista on the same machine ... can't even recognise the network card out of the box until I insert an additional CD (motherboard drivers CD) after fully installing the OS (having had to reboot two or three time in the process before I even get to that point).

However ... stepping beyond all that ... your point (even if it were true) is utterly moot for a netbook machine with pre-installed Linux on it. Such a machine will have a vastly more functional and useable desktop than any version of Windows pre-installed on the same hardware ... because the Windows machine will not have any Office suite or productivity applications installed.
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As much as I respect your posts. The netbooks are non-productive devices, they have a whole host of productive uses...its a fantastic troubleshooting device, and to lots here it is, but your points much more relevant to what is bound to happen next, and thats disposable laptops. the Elonex laptop has already been pointed out, and I can only see these getting more and more popular. Microsoft are weaker in this space because only Distributions can supply instant on; everything you need; no maintenance computing, to the technophobic.

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RE[2]: Linux? Yeah right!
by tomcat on Thu 14th Aug 2008 04:39 in reply to "RE: Linux? Yeah right!"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

I don't believe you. When I installed Mandriva or OpenSuSe or Ubuntu ... each one of them finds the network on boot up to a LiveCD without any configuration whatsoever. In fact they find the network and can use it before they are even installed on the machine.


So what. You have no fscking clue what network hardware that he's running, so claiming that there will ALWAYS be drivers on a LiveCD is a pile of bullshit.

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