ITBusiness.ca has an interesting
success story about how LinuxMagic switched FitnessWorld to Linux and KDE.
Although the article does not mention KDE, we know they are using KDE thanks
to this KDE Success Story that was submitted to
Our Take: Last night we watched the X-Men 2 DVD and in the feature documentaries on the second DVD disk, in the one regarding the visual effects, one of the SGI animators was clearly using KDE as well.
KDE Keeps You Fit
Submitted by Ingemar Eriksson 2003-12-20 KDE 23 Comments
ITBusiness.ca has an interesting
“In fact, by adopting LinuxMagic’s WorkPlace solution instead of a Windows-based network Peddemors estimated the annual savings for FitnessWorld on desktop ownership and support is $2,000 per workstation.”
Geez I never knew thats the kind of savings you get from switching from windows based solutions to linux. Is $2000/workstation kinda sound inflated?
Is $2000/workstation kinda sound inflated?
If you take into account the cost of Office, Windows, and several other programs on each machine, the harddrive, the 5-min instead of an hour tech support (as said in the text) and the fact that the old system was Unix based (the IT staff can stay the same)…
2000$Can is not very far off…
Last night we watched the X-Men 2 DVD and in the feature documentaries on the second DVD disk, in the one regarding the visual effects, one of the SGI animators was clearly using KDE as well.
If one were to pay way too much attention whilst watching antitrust, one would see that the systems in the daycare centre are running KDE, at least that is what the output of ps says.
As the same output also has a number of weird ass errors (like there being no processes with ids shown as PPIDs) one can only assume that whomever it was that created the system was running KDE when they made it, or that they let the actors actually type things into a system running KDE.
KDE is used as the DE by WETA (the guys behind the Lord of the Rings) Watch the stuff about creating Gollum and you’ll see the familiar K.
It takes me back to when score of Amiga zealots went nuts when Dana Carvey wore a Video Toaster t-shirt in the second Wayne’s World movie.
It means absolutely nothing
You can also see it in the TV Show 24
Wait a minute Dejavu I have posted this before.
I watch 24 regularly, I’ve never seen any KDE desktop, but I could be mistaken. Whatever they are using looks pretty cool though when they’re clicking around all them windows.
It’s a Pitty KDE doesn’t get as much support as it should, due to all these GPL/Stallman zealots (wahh Qt + Trolltech are evil). If everyone pulled together we chould have a really good DE, not some fragmented gn0me and simpilar applications.
The funny part is that the GPL/Stallman zealots really have no grounds for complaint (and indeed, aren’t complaining) — Qt is GPL! The stuff that’s happening now is a “business decision.” GTK+ is cheaper to develop for (no developer license for closed-source software), and most of the companies involved (eg. Sun) are more used to C.
No I’m afraid that most of the wounds are self-inflicted. Like the software. Hate the politics. On both sides.
“GTK+ is cheaper to develop for”
Depends on how you count. Only the initial GTK+ lisence is cheaper. But if if you count the total costs of development Qt seems to be the winner in many cases.
Stallman and KDE get on OK now that QT is GPL. At the last Linuxtag in Germany he went to the KDE stand and they invited him to tea with them that afternoon and had him playing with the KDE desktop which he commented on positively (remember he has some quibbles with Miguel now).
Well, I agree with you on that, but cut-and-dry things are easier to push politically.
There is an interesting read here where de Icaza and Stallman have a heated discussion over the use of RealMedia at GUADEC: http://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-list/2003-June/thread.htm…
BTW, where are the pictures of Stallman having a tea party with the KDE guys? I lost the link.
In Wayne’s World 2, Garth goes off with his dream girl.
His dream girl is plain looking and she has a Unix manual!
On “Working Lunch” (UK TV show about Business and Finance), there was a feature about the remake of captin scarlet.
There was at least 30 PCs all running Gnome. I thought it was windows at first but when i looked harder i could see the familiar foot .
Linus Torvalds is a long-time KDE user.
Doubt he uses Kdevelop though ;/
it’s the little things.
– wireframe mode, with this plus the nvidia/ati accelerated drivers, talk about a fast interface. (can someone tell me what window manager kde uses by default?)
– control center, nice & centralized
– in konqueror, just type “smb://ip-address”, and boom your in.
– the icons, and the metacity themes
– ummmmmm did i mention the themes?
– the special top task bar (that’s very mac like)
– uh…i like the icons..never mind.
“can someone tell me what window manager kde uses by default?”
KDE uses kwin. AFAIK kwin3 in KDE 3.2 will fully support the netwm 1.3 standard from freedesktop.org. It’s possible to use other window managers with KDE but not trivial to do so.
in konqueror, just type “smb://ip-address”, and boom your in.
To be fair, that’s possible in pretty much any smb-aware file manager
While I’m not opposed to anyone switching to Linux and benefiting from it, I really think the $2,000 savings thing is inflated. I mean, if you don’t need MS Office in Linux, why would you need it for Windows? OpenOffice works both places.
But then again, I guess it depends on the software you’re using. Most things like firewalls, browsers, FTP programs, news readers, email clients, CD rippers, media players, graphics apps, etc. can all be had for free on Win32 just like Linux.