Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Oct 2008 21:21 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The netbook craze is currently in full swing, with these small laptops being advertised everywhere (at least here in The Netherlands); in fact, you can already get netbooks with 3G from the mobile phone carriers at severely reduced prices (but with a one or two year contract, of course). Netbooks are also welcomed by the Linux community as the break they've been waiting for: many netbooks are available with Linux pre-installed. One of the more successful (and powerful) netbooks out there is MSI's Wind, which is also sold under different brand and model names by other companies. In an interview with LaptopMag, MSI's Director of US Sales Andy Tung, however, has some bad news for those that believe the netbook will be the foot in the door that the Linux desktop has been waiting for.
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People don't care about the OS....
by Mage66 on Tue 7th Oct 2008 15:13 UTC
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At least not like OS Geeks do. People care about being able to walk into a store and buy games and applications for their computer that work.

If Linspire had kept to it's original concept, which was to make a Linux distribution that would run Windows Apps seamlessly, and look enough like Windows so to make the transition easy... People wouldn't care that it was Linux under the hood.

Someone, somewhere has to figure this out and make a Linux Distribution that matches this goal. Then, other Linux Distros can go their own way.

But, the influx of users, and money that selling millions of copies of a Faux Windows based on Linux would help all versions of Linux as development money to pay more programmers to attack all those nooks and crannies that the volunteer programmers just find boring and uninteresting would get handled.

I'm happy that Canonical has figured out that if Apple could make BSD incredibly user-friendly and slick, that they could replicate it with Linux.

All someone has to do, is to give up the Geek-Friendly thought process, and pick up a user-friendly thought process and develop a UI for Linux that makes it as easy to use as Windows or MacOS X. The one thing that is needed is a universal installer so that a user can just download a program installer and double click on it to install a program without worrying about all the Linux crud like dependencies and stuff.

Linux needs to standardize so such horrendus problems are eliminated. You will need to do this to make Linux acceptable to the masses.

It's a shame Linspire turned out to be a way for one person to rip off millions, instead of being an entry-level Linux. We really need one of those.

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