Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jan 2006 11:27 UTC
Linspire Linspire has started another attempt at selling computers pre-installed with their operating system - this time by teaming up with Mirus - called the Koobox. Ars looks at the situation: "At this point it is hard to assess the potential of the Koobox systems. If it succeeds, the product could help legitimize desktop Linux and bring it further into the mainstream. Regardless of how many get sold, the availability of yet another budget Linux PC illuminates the growing popularity of the Linux platform, and contributes to the perception that Linux is applicable to desktop computing."
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If at first...
by linuxh8r on Mon 9th Jan 2006 17:36 UTC
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2006-01-09 don't succeed, try, try again.

Let's face it folks, nobody wants Linux on their desktop. The linux community has lost the battle. Even MacOSX has a better chance of take on the desktop and they only have a single digit percentage share of the dekstop.

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RE: If at first...
by markjensen on Mon 9th Jan 2006 17:43 in reply to "If at first..."
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It is a bit overly-broad to make the sweeping statement that nobody wants Linux on their desktop.

I certainly do want Linux as my computing desktop. As do a few other people I know. However, I don't particularly see that there is some need to battle for some ideological "Linux Desktop Supremacy".

I use it because it suits me. Period. GNU/Linux is about freedom, and the world has the freedom to try it and use it, or to not. As long as Linux is a viable desktop for me, I don't care if it has a 1%, 10% or 100% marketshare.

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RE[2]: If at first...
by d0nk3y on Mon 9th Jan 2006 20:23 in reply to "RE: If at first..."
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Yes - I agree with Mark.

I most certainly want linux on my desktop. And I have it - at work and at home.

Like Mark said - I use it because it suits me. I do think it would suit more people than most people think.

I realised this morning that the whole "linux is too hard for the average user" argument really is crap. Most people I help (friends, family etc) would need no more help with linux than they currently do with Windows - they can't fix windows problems either.

The difference is, they'd find it harder to break a linux box because theres less they have access to as a normal user. and it would be easier for me to administer remotely!

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RE[2]: If at first...
by Jedd on Mon 9th Jan 2006 21:37 in reply to "RE: If at first..."
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Yeah I agree with Mark. I DEFINATELY want Linux on my desktop. That's why it's been there for over 7 years.

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RE[2]: If at first you are a hammer...
by glarepate on Mon 9th Jan 2006 22:10 in reply to "RE: If at first..."
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It is a bit overly-broad to make the sweeping statement that nobody wants Linux on their desktop.

You are being much too objective. Try limiting your perceptions a bit.

You may have heard the saying "To a hammer everything looks like a nail." If you don't see everything Linux as hate-able then you either are too undiscriminating in your perceptions or simply don't have your eyes crossed hard enough to bring this issue into apropriate perspective.

Or you are not LinuxH8er.

Or perhaps he was thinking of a particular nobody instead of an actual group that would be the referent of the term nobody.

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RE[2]: If at first...
by Dekkard on Mon 9th Jan 2006 20:36 in reply to "If at first..."
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you come here, and can honestly say NO ONE wants linux on their desktop. This implies that many posters here are being held with a firearm to their head, or its a conspiracy. Its neither. And you goodsir are the queen of denial

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RE[3]: If at first...
by LinspireMan on Tue 10th Jan 2006 05:30 in reply to "If at first..."
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That is really funny you say that, because I want Linux on MY desktop, especially Linspire Five-O. I was a Mac OS 7,8,9, and X/Windows XP user, but in June 2005 I had enough of the proprietary train ride and decided to switch to Linux. After trying SuSE Linux 9.3 Professional, Kubuntu, etc., I stumbled upon Linspire and have not looked back once. Linux for the desktop is here already - it's Linspire Five-O!

I love Linspire Five-O a lot, because I can do almost 100% of what I could do with Mac OS X and Windows XP without the extraordinary cost that is involved with these other two platforms. In fact, I believe so much in the future of Linspire, I decided to start my own company to help push Linux further on the desktop. My business (SeaScape LLC - is now a Linspire Authorized Builder and Linspire Authorized Reseller. We will be introducing our new Linspire-only systems in a few weeks.

To say that no one wants Linux on their desktop is simply unrealistic, considering the amount of people that are so sick and tired of Microsoft's security problems with Windows XP and earlier. When I am running Windows XP Professional, I constantly have people trying to break into my system - good luck as I have three levels of security. When I am in Linspire Five-O (which is 99% of the time), I do not even get any break in attempts. Hmmm... Wonder which OS I prefer? ;)

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RE[4]: If at first...
by macisaac on Tue 10th Jan 2006 06:10 in reply to "RE[3]: If at first..."
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Nifty, just checked out your website. I've never used linspire myself, but will admit for a home/family oriented desktop computer, it does look kind of interesting.

As to the systems your building, have you decided yet on intel vs amd (/me confirmed amd fanboy)? Price range? Neat cases, vaguely remind of the Cobalt Qube (at least the blue one) Also, what is that ferret's software you mention for kids? As the father of two young boys, I'm very curious because children's software is something that I find sadly a little lacking in Linux world. Tuxpaint and such are fine programs, but there's just not much (if anything) like say the Jumpstart programs from the Mac / Windows world.

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