Linked by David Adams on Tue 7th Jun 2011 17:54 UTC
Editorial Bob Cringeley makes a bold statement in a blog post responding to Apple's iCloud announcement: "Jobs is going to sacrifice the Macintosh in order to kill Windows." He says, "The incumbent platform today is Windows because it is in Windows machines that nearly all of our data and our ability to use that data have been trapped. But the Apple announcement changes all that. Suddenly the competition isn't about platforms at all, but about data, with that data being crunched on a variety of platforms through the use of cheap downloaded apps."
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RE[2]: Comment by ssokolow
by koffie on Wed 8th Jun 2011 14:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ssokolow"
koffie
Member since:
2010-05-06

"Linux breaks, but its so much easier to fix"

Last time I've seen a non-linux GUI fail on a PC or Mac was when I still had Windows 98. Linux? Well ehm... let's just say I have an extensive history of having to edit xf86config and xorg.conf files by hand to recover my X11 and Xorg... Yes even in modern "point & click" ubuntu days I recently had to fall back to my in-depth knowledge of these config files.

So, easier to fix? Wake up. If something goes wrong on a linux system, and you can't get on the internet - you're screwed these days, unless you "fix" stuff like that on regular bases (which also isn't a very good sign). Linux is not for end-users.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

We obviously have had different personal experiences which have contributed to our differing perceptions of the reliability of Guis. While our personal ancidotes wont settle any argument, it may help to broaden both of our mindsets.

I've twice switched over friends computers to Ubuntu because windows XP was completely broken ( wouldn't boot to gui) and the install disk was awol. I've also had no choice but to use Ubuntu on systems that were built using questionable hardware with non functioning windows drivers ( shame on me for trying to save some money on the motherboard, but still).

If something goes wrong on any system and you can't get on the internet- you're screwed these days unless you " fix" stuff like that on regular bases ( which also isn't a good sign). I don't know why it would be different for any system. I've brought xp, linux and osx back to life before ( with the help of knoppix and access to the internet), but could not have done that without the internet. I don't think you can single out Linux on that one.

IMHO, Linux is easier to fix, because the blueprints (source code, documentation, etc) for it are widely available. People know how it works. Again, you may have a different opinion based on your experiences and that's great. We can agree to disagree. Given the choice, I'd rather be attempting to fix a linux box.

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