Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Jan 2013 22:38 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Acer, the Taiwanese computer maker that's suffered two consecutive annual losses, posted strong sales of notebooks using Google's Chrome platform after the release of Microsoft's Windows 8 failed to ignite the market. Chrome-based models accounted for 5 percent to 10 percent of Acer's U.S. shipments since being released there in November, President Jim Wong said in an interview at the Taipei-based company's headquarters. That ratio is expected to be sustainable in the long term and the company is considering offering Chrome models in other developed markets, he said." HP is also planning a Chrome OS laptop, and it's been at the top of Amazon's charts (whatever that means) for a while now. In case you haven't noticed - the desktop world, too, is changing. Nobody wants Windows 8 (touch or no), so OEMs are finally looking elsewhere. We're finally getting what we wanted 13 years ago.
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Casey99
Member since:
2011-07-14

Most users don't want shell. It is intimidating to them. It is one of the things that scares people from Linux in general.

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Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

Most users don't want shell. It is intimidating to them. It is one of the things that scares people from Linux in general.


Please don't make that kind of generalization, it's simply not true.

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Tractor Member since:
2006-08-18

Of course it is.

I know no-one in the non-geek world which find it a good idea to even being shown a terminal, let alone have to type any obscure command line in it.

However, i know of a few geeks which consider that basically anyone without the knowledge nor the will to use a terminal should not even be authorised to touch a computer.

Jesus, what an elitist/corporatist/extremist point of view. This is the very reason why Linux has never been a mainstream computer (and been a darling to IT/programmers).

I'm glad this mentality is getting hammered these days by Google and its imitators.

Edited 2013-01-29 00:03 UTC

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Most users don't want shell. It is intimidating to them. It is one of the things that scares people from Linux in general.

Please don't make that kind of generalization, it's simply not true.


You're absolutely right. Probably 90% of folks out there would tell you a shell is something you find at the beach.

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PieterGen Member since:
2012-01-13

I think that it IS true. Look, I'm a linux-user (various flavours of debian). I really like the shell. But if we look at the *general* public, the proverbial "grandmother", they want to point and click. Or rather, they want things to just work.

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Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Most users don't want shell. It is intimidating to them. It is one of the things that scares people from Linux in general.

Most users don't want a shell most of the time. That one time that it might help them is removed from the device. (kind of like being able to remove the battery/storage. when you need it you are really glad you could)

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