Linked by lemur2 on Fri 3rd Jun 2011 22:24 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Netbook innovator Asustek has announced that it will ship three models of its Eee PC with Ubuntu 10.10 preinstalled. Canonical announced Asus' decision to load the Eee PC 1001PXD, 1011PX and 1015PX with Ubuntu 10.10 from 1 June as one that will "make it one of the most user-friendly PCs on the market". Asus said that "many more" Eee PC models running Ubuntu will be available later this year. Linux fans will hope that in the three years since Asus started shipping Linux on its Eee PCs users will have realised that Linux is far more lightweight and suited to netbook computing than Windows.
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gilboa
Member since:
2005-07-06

Right now, Desktop Linux isn't very good at productive tasks either. Unless you're willing to use workarounds like Wine (which may not work) for legacy support or change over all your productivity software to the less popular Linux equivalents (if they exist).


You forgot to add: "For me, Desktop Linux..."
For a home users (like many people around me), Linux/Firefox/LibreOffice is far better than the equivalent (Bootlegged Windows + Old Office + whatever IE that came with the non-upgrade-able due to WGA).
More-ever, the change between Office 2000/XP/2K3 and LibreOffice 3.x is far less radical compared to moving to the ribbon based Office 2K7/2K10.

Never the less, I do agree that using Linux on the desktop requires two things:
1. Availability of comparable software.
2. Time.

Switching OS, any OS takes time to master.

- Gilboa

Edited 2011-06-05 16:59 UTC

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RichterKuato Member since:
2010-05-14

I myself don't use my computer for productive tasks. I just know that most semi/professional users need industry standard applications to do their jobs. That's is, those users that actually need a PC.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I myself don't use my computer for productive tasks. I just know that most semi/professional users need industry standard applications to do their jobs. That's is, those users that actually need a PC.


If they are using expensive professional programs that are only available for Windows, why are they buying a netbook?

Even then, getting away from netbooks, the traditional notions of "my type of work needs an industry standard application that can only be run on a Windows PC" are very questionable these days.

One favourite that used to be mentioned a lot in this context is AutoCAD.

Now, one can run Bricscad:
http://www.bricsys.com/en_INTL/bricscad/index.jsp

... even on Linux.
http://www.bricsys.com/en_INTL/bricscad/comparison.jsp

You are out of date.

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