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[News] Linux a Good Replacement for a Vista-encumbered New PC

  • Subject: [News] Linux a Good Replacement for a Vista-encumbered New PC
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 07:54:33 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Can Ubuntu Linux replace Windows Vista for consumers?

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| But the fact that Ubuntu (and other distros like it) comes chock-a-block full 
| of applications that work straight off the bat, all at no cost to the 
| consumer must go close to halving the cost of a computer. With an easy to use 
| interface, lots of software and very good stability, Linux has plenty to 
| offer the consumer who’s willing to take a little time to embrace a new way 
| of life.     



Linux ready for the desktop

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| McLaren said the cost of security alone in the standard desktop, is at
| least "50 percent to double" that of Linux.
| He believes the primary inhibitors to large-scale Linux desktop adoption
| are Windows applications, especially Excel macros, and a perception of
| a large training cost associated with the move.
| "There will always be a migration cost for any large project, but this
| will be dramatically lowered over time," he said. "You need take a 
| long-term view and realize security and admin costs will be lowered. We're 
| not saying everything should be moved over at once."
| McLaren cited car rental company Europcar as having "success" by moving
| call centre people and branch office systems to Red Hat's desktop. 


Switching from KDE to WinXP

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| You probably do not use your computer in the same way I use mine. That
| is exactly why a rich and configurable feature set is so important --
| everyone will have different situations, different preferences, and
| different ways of using their computers. A feature-rich, configurable
| desktop like KDE allows people to work how they want to work. The MS
| Windows XP desktop is more of a "one size fits all" or "any color as long
| as it is black" desktop. One with limited features. Some people may not
| mind that; I do. Surprisingly, I have yet to find any feature in WinXP
| that made me say "Wow! I wish KDE could do that."



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| Is Linux ready for the desktop? You bet it is! I've been using the free,
| open source operating system exclusively on my laptop, a Lenovo IBM
| ThinkPad X60s, for the past three months. And it rocks!


Dump Linux now!

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| Don't get me wrong: I still love GNU/Linux. It's just gotten. . .
| boring. It's no longer the undiscovered country, the wild west, the
| final frontier. Forgive my metaphor mix-o-rama. I just want to say,
| Linux is so ready for the desktop, it's boring.


The Linux desktop is convenient, now we need convenient Unix network services

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| Everyone generally agrees that Linux is now "ready for the desktop".
| People can usually hook up their digital camera or scanner in Linux
| and easily start "doing the right thing", with no geeky tinkering
| under the hood. There is plenty of device driver support in the
| kernel now, and brilliant technologies like hotplug, HAL and
| D-bus make everything nicely event-driven.


OS expert forecasts a future beyond Windows

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| Mac OS and Linux become legitimate enterprise choices, says Joe Habraken


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