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A Peek Into Tomorrow's Linux 126

Posted by samzenpus
from the window-of-the-future dept.
jellybeans writes "MadPenguin.org takes a peek into the world of Linux as it looks going forward. "I hear this argument all the time. How companies trying to make Linux more accessible, through any means necessary, so long as they abide by the GPL, are working against the vision of Linux from the beginning. This is asinine. The vision, based on my own interpretation of Linux was always about choice."
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A Peek Into Tomorrow's Linux

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  • "about choice" (Score:3, Interesting)

    by QuantumG (50515) <qg@biodome.org> on Wednesday February 13, 2008 @10:44PM (#22415128) Homepage Journal
    Uh huh. I thought Linus said it was "just for fun".. and he even penned a book by the same title.

    Were you talking about GNU/Linux? Cause we all know what GNU is about and it isn't "choice".

  • by zappepcs (820751) on Wednesday February 13, 2008 @11:27PM (#22415650) Journal
    In the beginning I saw Linux as a kind of 'hey, this will work too' kind of thing.
    Then it was "hey, look... it's like a baby Unix"
    Then "wow, it's actually usable if you don't need tight compatibility with MS.
    Now... there are 5 different ways that I personally can use MY computers as I see fit. I'm only talking about flavors of GNU/Linux here. Each of them has free apps that are all compatible, more or less. Each of them is comparable to Windows. Each of them will work for many users, all save those few who use apps that will ONLY work on Windows or Mac. Each of them is fairly user friendly, and I mean that in the same way that managing an XP install is user friendly for your average user. (I don't care whose coolaid you drink, Windows set a fairly low standard for user friendliness in terms of how many people can actually manage a windows system out of the box... Think I'm wrong? then explain Geek Squad and other businesses like it)

    Right now, it is EASIER to get and install GNU/Linux than MS Windows. The applications work as good or better 90% of the time on a strict is-it-as-good-as-windows scale, which I think is a bogus way to compare them anyway. If you have ever had to teach your parent/uncle/friend how to use e-mail then you KNOW it would not matter what OS they used.

    Being able to say, hey, I want to throw a new motherboard in that case, move it to the upstairs family room, add a video tuner, blah blah blah... you are only dreaming unless you have a licensed but unused copy of Windows hanging around.. UNLESS you are using one of the other choices for OS.

    Personally, based on inconvenience alone, I will never use windows again by choice.
  • Re:Good article (Score:3, Interesting)

    by hahiss (696716) on Thursday February 14, 2008 @08:42AM (#22418664) Homepage
    Actually, this strikes me as even more, um, interesting:

    http://lwn.net/Articles/262570/ [lwn.net]

    RMS:
    For personal reasons, I do not browse the web from my computer. (I
    also have not net connection much of the time.) To look at page I
    send mail to a demon which runs wget and mails the page back to me.
    It is very efficient use of my time, but it is slow in real time.

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