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Re: [edlug] Doze free netbook



<quote who="Leo Butler">

> To be honest, it seems laughable to pump up ubuntu as a windows killer.
> It's unfortunate that w7 is not the miserable flop that was vista, but
> let us put this all into perspective:
> Almost as many users still use w2k as every brand of linux.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_desktop_operating_systems

Why unfortunate?

I'm a pragmatist - I use what I consider to be the most appropriate tool
that allows me to get the job down.

I like to play the latest and greatest computer games and I have made a
heavy investment in specialised hardware that allows me to do this. Yes
there are nvidia drivers for Linux, but they aren't as feature-complete as
the Windows drivers, plus nearly all games are written for Windows and the
Windows APIs (DirectX for example).

I would like to be able to play Crysis or Call of Duty 4 on Linux but the
fact of the matter is that it's just not possible, hence why I bought a
Vista 64bit licence and why I also have a Windows 7 license.

If I want to do a bit of programming or if I'm on the go, I have my
Macbook running OSX that does everything I need it to - it's the best
general purpose tool and things really do "just work" without any faffing
abour.

Likewise I am currently typing this mail into squirrelmail, itself using
Apache and PHP hosted on a dedicated server running Debian. For hosting my
mail, running a small website and looking after my DNS, a Linux install is
the best tool for *these* jobs.

It would be nice if Linux was the best tool to meet all my computing
needs, but I'm afraid that just isn't the case and I recognise that in
some cases, Windows (or OSX) really is a better choice than Linux - the
appropriate tool will depend entirely on the job you want to do :)

B





> As far as I can see, windows was losing some of its share of the os
> market to mac osx, but w7 may have changed this. On the other hand,
> linux's fraction of the desktop market is moving sideways. In my
> experience,
> many older users of linux have migrated to osx, even while some newer
> users take up the free os.
>
> Leo
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