Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Jul 2010 07:35 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux Some people hate the idea of adding proprietary software to their desktop Linux. For these people, there are Linux distributions such as gNewSense that use only free software. For the rest of us, who use distributions such as Fedora, openSUSE and Ubuntu, there are times we either want to, or feel forced to, add proprietary programs such as Adobe Flash or Skype or the ability to play proprietary audio and video formats such as MP3 or commercial DVDs to your Linux desktop. Here's how to do it.
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lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

That is not a good place to be when you hold a bare 1% share of the desktop


The 1% figure for the desktop is a myth.

http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_os.asp

Heading towards 5%.

It is 30% of netbooks (worldwide), apparently, which is a figure that the Windows world desperately doesn't want anyone to know.

In other spaces, such as mobiles, servers, embedded in devices and even supercomputers, Linux dominates.

FTA: "For these Linuxes, all you need to do to add Adobe Acrobat Reader to your desktop is just run the distribution's default application installation program and in a minute or two, you'll be viewing PDF files."

Pfft. On my Kubuntu 10.04 Linux install I can view PDF files out-of-the-box without installing anything, using a far better application than Adobe Acrobat Reader bloatware.

http://okular.kde.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okular
It supports the following file formats[4]:

Portable Document Format (PDF) with the Poppler backend
PostScript with the libgs backend (Okular 0.6/KDE 4.0) / libspectre backend (Okular >= 0.7/KDE >= 4.1)
Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) with the libTIFF backend
Microsoft Compiled HTML Help (CHM) with the libCHM backend
DjVu with the DjVuLibre backend
Device independent file format (DVI)
XML Paper Specification (XPS)
OpenDocument format (ODF)
FictionBook
ComicBook
Plucker
EPUB
Mobipocket
Various image formats.


If I wasn't using KDE, perhaps I would be using Evince instead of Okular:
http://projects.gnome.org/evince/
Evince is not as capable as Okular, but it is serviceable enough.

I can't speak for GNOME, but my KDE4 Kubuntu 10.04 desktop default installation includes a "print to PDF" printer driver out of the box, and it includes an "export to PDF" toolbar button or menu command on OpenOffice.org Office suite applications and KOffice applications.

Why on earth would I be interested in installing inferior, closed-source Adobe software instead?

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ssa2204 Member since:
2006-04-22


The 1% figure for the desktop is a myth.

http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_os.asp

Heading towards 5%.


Your right, it is a myth. More like .94%. Do you even bother to read these websites you link?
W3Schools' log-files....

Statistics Are Often Misleading

You cannot - as a web developer - rely only on statistics. Statistics can often be misleading.

Global averages may not always be relevant to your web site. Different sites attract different audiences. Some web sites attract professional developers using professional hardware, while other sites attract hobbyists using old low spec computers.




It is 30% of netbooks (worldwide), apparently, which is a figure that the Windows world desperately doesn't want anyone to know.


What was the marketshare when netbooks first appeared? What was the marketshare AFTER Windows was released on netbooks. Sorry, you fail once again.


Why on earth would I be interested in installing inferior, closed-source Adobe software instead?


Because your "tinker-toy OS and apps can not do what Acrobate can? Funny you say inferior, when that pretty much describes 99% of Desktop Linux apps. The only decent ones exist on Windows as well, so as NT_Jerkface points out, no reason to deal with the toy OS. But hey, enjoy your inferior desktop and apps, I am sure you get a lot done.

Edited 2010-07-29 13:12 UTC

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

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The 1% figure for the desktop is a myth.

http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_os.asp

Heading towards 5%.


Your right, it is a myth. More like .94%. Do you even bother to read these websites you link?

...
You cannot - as a web developer - rely only on statistics. Statistics can often be misleading.
"

Exactly. The oft-quoted 1% statistic is one such highly misleading statistic ... it is in fact a barefaced lie. Linux has far, far greater penetration that that, even if you blinker your view to look at ONLY the desktop.

Global averages may not always be relevant to your web site. Different sites attract different audiences. Some web sites attract professional developers using professional hardware, while other sites attract hobbyists using old low spec computers.


You can't get much more "professional hardware" than these systems:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Roadrunner
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguar_%28computer%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nebulae_%28computer%29

"It is 30% of netbooks (worldwide), apparently, which is a figure that the Windows world desperately doesn't want anyone to know.


What was the marketshare when netbooks first appeared?
"

No, now.

What was the marketshare AFTER Windows was released on netbooks.


30%

Sorry, you fail once again.


How so?

" Why on earth would I be interested in installing inferior, closed-source Adobe software instead?


Because your "tinker-toy OS
"

The world's most expensive, fastest machines use a tinker-toy OS?

http://www.itwire.com/business-it-news/technology/39471-nearly-ever...

That would be news to the owners and designers of the world's most expensive, fastest, most reliable machines, I would think.

http://blogs.computerworld.com/16284/ten_years_of_ibm_mainframe_lin...

Perhaps you had better ring some of these people up and tell them that they are using a tinker-toy OS.

ROFLMAO.

and apps can not do what Acrobate can? Funny you say inferior, when that pretty much describes 99% of Desktop Linux apps. The only decent ones exist on Windows as well, so as NT_Jerkface points out, no reason to deal with the toy OS. But hey, enjoy your inferior desktop and apps, I am sure you get a lot done.


Pfft.

The world's biggest computational application, which is Google's services, runs on an estimated 1 million Linux servers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_platform#Server_hardware_and_so...

As for highly complex computing applications:
http://blogs.computerworld.com/15202/high_energy_linux_linux_the_la...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LHC_Computing_Grid
http://lcg.web.cern.ch/lcg/

This is not tinker-toy, by any stretch of the imagination.

The exact opposite, in fact. Linux is the OS of choice when computing gets serious.

Edited 2010-07-29 14:04 UTC

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