Make 2013 The Year You Switch To Linux
Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:00 AM
I have Win 8 on three machines to try it out. I don't mind it at all. On the other hand, it is not giving me any real reason to stick with Windows either. The Win 8 RT devices are useless to me due to their software restriction (I am an open-source software user and am very happy with such). Ultra Books do not meet my needs as I am rapidly moving to replace my desktop with a laptop desktop replacement as the one I now use is.Thus, my desire for a common cross-device user experience will really not be realized in the Win 8 field.
I am moving toward considering using UBUNTU on my laptop and the current desktop computers and Android on phones and tablets. This would give the cross-device communication I am looking for at far less cost and at least equal facility when compared to the stumbling Win 8 environments - and there is no way I would even consider a Fruit-maker System!
Mind you, I only have 51 years of experience in the programming, systems design, hardware/software conceptual design, etc. fields so I may not know what I am talking about!
Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:01 AM
Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:23 AM
Now that's ironic! Since that's the very excuse used for Windows 8 - "It's too different. It's too unfamiliar." Happy new year, though.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 11:19 AM
Posted 01 January 2013 - 11:33 AM
My conclusion: the end of Windows is not here
Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:02 PM
Linux is nifty but has always been "the thing you install on old machines instead of recycling or retiring them".
Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:07 PM
but yes, the current W8 fiasco gives Linux another chance (last chance?) to secure a real chunk of the market. but as has been pointed out many many times, it just won't happen until one of the major OEM's has the guts to challenge MS and fully embrace Linux with all-out adoption, promotion, and sustained support as an alternative to Windows. plus, for enterprise, full integration with existing MS backside software.
Maybe Samsung would do this. they are big enough to pull it off, but PC's are not their main business so they have less to risk. they already think they are the Asian Apple, and so might want to become the Asian MS too. forget Dell and HP - they are totally gutless. one of the desperate marginalized OEM's, like Sony, might try too, facing the alternative of getting out of the PC market entirely.
but the odds are at least 5:1 this won't happen this year.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:13 PM
Not intending to add to the PC vs APPLE thread, but the reason most people are not going to Apple is the oldest scam in the book. Proprietary systems always hose the user in the end. Started with Xerox and AT&T making the original 8086 PC's in the 80's. They could not resist the lure of roping buyer in with proprietary custom designs and boxes that you could only replace the power supply or monitor with matching custom proprietary Xerox PS or Display.
It is a form of hubris and conceit to think that customers will "Not Mind" being gouged on the repairs when they realize there is zero competition and you are going to charge them three to four times reasonable market price on a simple replacement part. So it just doesn't matter to me what a gadget/device can do if it is proprietary and locked up then it might as well be a Model T that nobody makes parts for.
Same goes for Android versus iPhone. Android wins no discussion needed. If I am an AAPL shareholder I'm very worried about the future.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:05 PM
I dread the Linux vocabulary and learning the new organizations, but it's no harder than Win8. Long-term, it will be the smartest move I could make. I'm done with MS dysfunctionality and tyranny.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:16 PM
"facing the prospect of Windows 8, which by most accounts is not a happy one"
If you only read anti MS articles, True. Otherwise, rubbish.
"A mobile-style interface without a Start button"
Duh! Another dumb comment. THE WHOLE START PAGE IS THE START BUTTON! But there are addons for those unable to grasp even simple ideas.
I could go on - but why bother? Just stay in the 90's.
When are the haters just going to accept that a common cross platform OS is the way to go - and MS have done it. Not Apple. Not any of the geeks playing at making a different flavour of Linux - but MS.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:55 PM
You have a sketchy memory of history. Computers are going the way of every other industry. Most people don't change the oil in their cars and most people don't fix their own refrigerators. And Xerox, AT&T, etc all lost not because of proprietary systems - they lost because IBM came in the game with a cheap and reasonable system that businesses could use and they bought them by the truckload. Apple by this time had already lost that battle due to poor designs, late product, and unfocused management.
And Android is succeeding not because people don't like proprietary systems (they really don't care) its because Samsung (a company with its own sketchy history) is making a kick ass product. If I was a GOOG shareholder right now I would be worried because they company is unfocused (what does self-driving cars and glasses have to do with their core business?) and has lost control of its own creation to Samsung. AAPL will continue to do well.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:00 PM
GNU/Linux is not just for old systems that would otherwise be thrown away. If you believe that you haven't been keeping up. I'm currently running Fedora 17 X86_64 and it takes full advantage of the modern hardware in the system I just built.
Most people I know will waste over $1000 for something that is essentially being used as a Facebook machine. If you want to see what a PC is really capable of, switch to Linux and start experimenting.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:55 PM
"APPARENTLY, AREN'T A WHOLE LOT BETTER." Are you nuts!
That statement speaks volumes. Are you a completely off your rocker! How can you say something like that. If that's what you really think , then you should not be allowed to post anything on this site. Better yet, do some real research and back up that statement.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:08 PM
Sorry but Windows RT is not Windows 8, any more than windows phone 7 is windows 7
Microsoft have taken Spin to the reality and you sure have swallowed that spin. Try and install a different browser on RT and learn that it is not windows 8 for yourself
Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:47 PM
work work work, tap tap tap, open document, read email, test my app. No problem. Oh damn, I have to manually turn on the Cap lock key every time I log back in to the machine. Annoying. Hmmm....how do I change that.
...spend time reading on the web how to make changes in the default GUI settings, which doesn't work. Then, read that I need to download an app to do it. I download the package, run a script in the console to install it. It still doesn't work. After an hour of trying various apps, running scripts, I just realize I wasted work time on something that should take 30 seconds, and I still have to manually enter it.
Back to work. I find another annoyance. Waste only 5 minutes of work time before realizing that I will likely yet again spend an hour and maybe, possibly get it to work, but still not sure.
And so on. And I am not an idiot. I can learn any OS rapidly. Complain all you will about either Windows or OSX, you can do what you need rapidly, and very rarely need to dig into the deeper guts of it all.
I enjoy tinkering, so at home, I don't mind the time spent. Its fun. And for basic work functionality, it works great. Just don't try to step outside the box. Linux is not for most users, period.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:57 PM
Posted 01 January 2013 - 06:40 PM