Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Mar 2013 16:13 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Mark Shuttleworth: "I simply have zero interest in the crowd who wants to be different. Leet. 'Linux is supposed to be hard so it's exclusive' is just the dumbest thing that a smart person could say." He's right. Lots of interesting insights in this blog post - I may not agree with everything Ubuntu does, but at least it's doing something.
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RE[6]: Comment by Laurence
by WorknMan on Fri 8th Mar 2013 23:02 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Laurence"
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Maybe he is wrong, maybe what he thinks Linux is lacking is a total non-issue for mainstream users, maybe Linux isn't popular because people just don't care about software. Maybe just getting Linux onto hardware will be enough to make Linux popular. Maybe all this work to deliver something beautiful is meaningless, it was just a matter of delivering it by default.

What Linux needs most of all is a good, 'idiot proof' distro. Something I can install for my mom and basically not have to worry about it anymore. In other words, something equivalent to a desktop-like iOS experience ;)

I'm not sure if ChromeOS qualifies as a 'Linux distro', but I'd say that looks promising. Not only because it's pre-configured to run on specific hardware, but also because it seems to be set up in such a way that 'normal' users cant hurt themselves, and power users can open it up to install a full-blown Linux distro, if they wish.

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RE[7]: Comment by Laurence
by Lunitik on Fri 8th Mar 2013 23:38 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Laurence"
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I actually have the original Chrome OS machine that Google was giving out a while ago. While it is nice, it really highlights the continued need for native applications. I am hopefully that the various parties pushing for HTML5 will eventually get to a good place, but as NaCl shows, not everyone will want to use it for everything even when they can.

I think what Canonical is aiming at is for you to not have to install Linux on your Mom's computer, rather that her system comprise FOSS by default. For this, there has to be a compelling reason for her to be drawn to it, and I think Canonical is delivering that with Ubuntu Touch - which will be coming to desktops eventually.

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RE[7]: Comment by Laurence
by lucas_maximus on Sat 9th Mar 2013 11:01 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Laurence"
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MacOSX is pretty much it, it is a solid reliable easy to use *nix.

It just comes bundled with expensive hardware.

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