Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> __/ [ BearItAll ] on Wednesday 29 March 2006 09:44 \__
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> Novell Wows Crowd with Linux Desktop
>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>> | "Our goal of Desktop 10 is to build a really easy-to-use, powerful
>>> | desktop for general knowledge workers," said Nat Friedman, Novell
>>> | vice president of Linux desktop engineering. "These are people who
>>> | live in e-mail, in the browser, in the office suite -- not people who
>>> | need a hundred different applications, but people whose lives really
>>> | consist of just living in those applications."
>> I agree with Novell in this, that there is a need for a basic office
>> shell, ok many of us here would see these as lesser machines, but the
>> majority of office functions around us don't need any more than OO,
>> email/Internet. Removing some of the other clutter, at least from the
>> desktop and main menu, I think will help those office people in their
>> transition from MS to Linux.
> Would it be fair to estimate that among home users, 80% will not require
> anything but a browser (also for Webmail) and an office suite? Games
> apart, of course, but for that you have PlayStation/GameCube, whose price
> equates to a Windows+Office licence.
Yes, I would agree with that too. I have to have development suites onboard
the home machines, but those are for work use. For myself the Internet and
graphics (gimp and video) are what I mainly use.
The last two installs I did for my own use I haven't added anything after
the initial install.
My laptop is probably the truer machine, because I cut down the applications
to just those things I use a lot, gimp, OO and Opera.