System76 Unveils An 'extreme Performance' Ubuntu Linux Laptop
Posted 21 November 2012 - 05:58 AM
This is one of the major reason(s) why Linux has not become a major player like MS Windows. Things are changing in the Linux world but the many distributions must realize that they need to stop trying to have the latest and greatest OS and start supporting it longer for at least 5 - 7 years. The average person just cannot cope with the constant changing all the time.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 07:19 AM
Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:38 AM
Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:56 AM
It is a very nice machine, and appears to have more than enough power behind it. The only questions I have will be: A. What kind of battery life can we expect? And B: Is Steam ever going to get off its laurels and give us a freaking library of games to play!?
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:15 AM
Ubuntu 12.04 is an LTS release, and 12.10 is not. That means that support for 12.04 will end in roughly 53 months. Compare that to non-LTS 12.10, which will be supported for the next 23 months, and maybe it will make more sense.
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:29 PM
Please. Seriously? NO ONE is a major player like MS Windows because MS is a monopoly. Period. The ghost of Steve Jobs could develop an OS that never crashed and paid you to use it and Windows would continue to dominate the desktop thanks to vendor lock-in. Mobile phones, tablets, web apps, the cloud, virtualization and a renewed emphasis on cross-platform development along with Java, Mono, python, etc. are finally chipping cracks in that wall.
I can't imagine users complaining that their OS just won't stop getting better and adding features so they're going to get rid of it. :-) As is, people are buying new phones every two years (or sooner, especially Apple fans). The new and shiny has not become a turnoff from what I can see.
Thanks to what you're advocating, people encounter problems like Win7 install DVDs having no native support for input peripherals connected to USB 3 ports, etc. I had a similar issue with XP's installer not recognizing large SATA drives and needing to insert another disk with SATA drivers, etc. I'll take 6-8 month updates with new drivers, thank you very much, rather than waiting up to three years to gain native support for the most recent tech.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:32 PM
What happens? Um... they upgrade to the newest version, the same as any other user on Earth? Linux users aren't Windows users. They're smart enough to know that they don't need to buy a new laptop to upgrade the OS, which is what you seem to be under the illusion one needs to do (by citing the cost of the laptop). In that case, welcome to the wonderful and exciting world of Linux, where the OS can be upgraded to the latest version over the Internet for free! Once you try it, you'll never want to go back to Windows.
Posted 22 November 2012 - 10:41 AM
I am a fan of 17 inch laptops as they are not too large but still have enough screen space.