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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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You are out of date.

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RichterKuato Member since:
2010-05-14

I suspect that most people buying Netbooks aren't doing so for productivity. It sounds like Netbooks in general aren't very good for productivity.

As for alternative applications:
What percentage of people use OpenOffice vs Microsoft Office? How many people are trained to use OpenOffice? How many employers are asking for people certified in OpenOffice? I would ask this same question for all productivity applications/suites available on Desktop Linux.

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