Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Oct 2009 22:27 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
Hardware, Embedded Systems We already introduced Dell's new laptop wonder, the Z600, to you earlier this week. What makes this laptop special is that it contains a small ARM motherboard which runs a special version of openSUSE Linux, allowing for instant access to basic functionality like checking email, browsing the web, and playing multimedia files. What's news, at least for OSNews, is that research from Dell has shown that people spent 70% of their time in the Linux environment.
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RE: Meh
by tweakedenigma on Sat 3rd Oct 2009 06:05 UTC in reply to "Meh"
tweakedenigma
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2006-12-27

I do see your point to a degree, But I will respectfully disagree with you. Not on the Right Tool for the Job part as I am an advocate of that myself. But that Linux is not a suitable desktop OS or that most people user there computer for more then just web browsing and email.

I user Windows, OSX and Linux everyday (At home and at work) and as a Desktop they all do an excellent Job all have strengths and weaknesses, and all get the Job done.

Also a big part of what I do is dealing with end users and almost all of them say the same thing, I use my computer for Facebook, banking and Email.

That being said if you want an Application for one that is not available on the others then by all means. For me I need an Office suite, Web Browser, Email Client, Some kind of remote desktop client and Skype to get my work done. All three cover me pretty well and I think you will find that is the case with most people.

Edited 2009-10-03 06:06 UTC

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RE[2]: Meh
by Finchwizard on Sat 3rd Oct 2009 07:07 in reply to "RE: Meh"
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2006-02-01

And that's fine, you do a set base of basic things.

Check your email, Office suite covered by Open Office or KOffice or whatever else you use. IM, Remote desktop.

Pretty basic stuff.

But now comes to the point where people need to install programs for work, teachers need resources, certain printer drivers for photocopiers, people like to make movies with how prevalent Video is in little video cameras.

I'm not going to deny for some things Linux can do things well, but for every day stuff, people buy things that need Windows. And Windows is still improving with every release.

It's just a little different in everyones situation, what works for you doesn't work for me, and the set of people I know, but it's always in the back of my mind to let them know about it.

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RE[3]: Meh
by tweakedenigma on Sat 3rd Oct 2009 15:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Meh"
tweakedenigma Member since:
2006-12-27


But now comes to the point where people need to install programs for work, teachers need resources, certain printer drivers for photocopiers, people like to make movies with how prevalent Video is in little video cameras.


True but for the most part any program needed is available or an equivalent can be found (however I will not make the outlandish claim that all programs have an equivalent). I find most printers/photo copiers have Linux drivers in fact it it works on OSX it will like work on Linux. I Make movies using Linux granted I don't use adobe products to do so but a lot of people just use iMovie and Windows Movie maker and there a pretty close analogs for Movie Maker (Maybe not iMovie but good enough)



I'm not going to deny for some things Linux can do things well, but for every day stuff, people buy things that need Windows. And Windows is still improving with every release.


I disagree with the people need Windows, I have moved a great number of people off Windows to Linux or Mac and the Vast Majority are Very Happy, Also Linux and OSX are improving with every release too so I consider this somewhat of the moot point.


It's just a little different in everyones situation, what works for you doesn't work for me, and the set of people I know, but it's always in the back of my mind to let them know about it.


I agree 100% here and maybe we deal with very different people in the run of a day (actually I'm sure we do). But people should use what works for them and I will never argue with that, However for the vast majority of uses I find the 3 Majors overlap each other pretty well.

Edited 2009-10-03 15:00 UTC

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