Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Sep 2010 22:09 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems There's this hole here at OSNews, a hole left when Psystar was dealt a devastating blow by Apple's legal team. That whole saga provided a nice steady stream of news articles that's been dried up for a while. However, Psystar was not the only clone maker out there - what happened to Quo Computer, that clone maker with an actual real-world store front? They're still here, and just launched a new product.
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RE: Why?
by tylerdurden on Thu 9th Sep 2010 01:37 UTC in reply to "Why?"
tylerdurden
Member since:
2009-03-17

Well, if you count android as linux... it seems linux has plenty of mindshare. Alas, it is just not on the desktop. And that is probably not going to change (ever?).

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RE[2]: Why?
by kaelodest on Thu 9th Sep 2010 05:02 in reply to "RE: Why?"
kaelodest Member since:
2006-02-12

I guess there is a point, where we as the thinking 5 maybe 10 percent of the technology centric users have to ask. Am I a consumer or a producer. I like the Mac as a producer, but it is unashamedly a consumer platform. But then I return to the question - even with Mandrake and Ubuntu why can I not get other people to like linux. This sunday I was talking it over with a very good technician (or so I thought) and all she knew was helpdesk and not in a sensible or practical way. (Mostly Windows and PC and Luck) so I gave her a Ubuntu 10 server disk. She called the next day and was confused that the install didn't have a GUI. Well as long as the answer is based on what I can Google and not based on practical knowledge and experience then we (knowledge workers) are doomed to be replaced.

And No I do not count Android as Unix any more than I count iOS as unix - (Or 3.5 10^6 ATMs as Valid Vista Installs)

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RE[3]: Why?
by stooovie on Thu 9th Sep 2010 08:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
stooovie Member since:
2006-01-25

Yet, at least in media production, almost all content is created using Macs.

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RE[2]: Why?
by pandronic on Thu 9th Sep 2010 06:46 in reply to "RE: Why?"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

My take on this is that Desktop Linux needs some polish and stability. Sometimes I try to give some distro an honest chance. I install it as my main OS and start using it full time. So far the best lasted about 3 days. Every time I need to do something I hit a show stopper. Then for hours at a time I try to find a solution. What I usually end up with is a hack or a pathetic workaround that kind of works. Also the UI is not very well thought out and not very consistent across applications. Everything looks patched and put together.

Desktop Linux lacks vision, it lacks a direction, it needs a leader (a person or a company) with deep pockets that knows where to take it. In fact, I believe that this is why Android, as a Linux flavor, took off.

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RE[3]: Why?
by Moredhas on Thu 9th Sep 2010 12:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

I agree the Linux desktop environments can be a little alien at first, but I find Gnome, and any program that pays the slightest bit of attention to the Gnome HIG to be pretty consistent. Granted, compared to OS X, it is a little messy, but its wonderful compared to the jungle of Windows programs that do all sorts of crazy thing like ignore OS wide window decoration, or use their own, completely incomprehensible icons when perfectly good, stock system ones exist and are easy to implement. I'm more of a year at a time person when it comes to hopping between Windows and Linux, so my opinion is born from getting used to Linux and exploring the differences. Even (especially) the superficial ones for a GUI junkie like me.

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