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[News] Washington Times on GNU/Linux Cost, Wine

  • Subject: [News] Washington Times on GNU/Linux Cost, Wine
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 07:53:23 +0000
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KELLNER: Linux hits user nerve

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| We may well be at the start of a sea change 
| in computing: If your OS costs more than, 
| say, 10 percent to 15 percent of your 
| hardware's cost, it might be viewed as 
| costing too much.


One more word about Linux and Windows 'emulatiion'

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| In Monday's "On Computers" column, I make 
| reference to WINE, which, technically is not 
| a Windows "emulator." I did so using the word 
| "Emulatiion" up front. Here's why: 
| "Emulation" was the easiest word I could find 
| to explain to fellow non-geeks what WINE 
| actually does. No, it isn't, strictly 
| speaking, an "emulator." WINE advocates say 
| it's much more than that, and I'm willing to 
| believe them.



KELLNER: Ubuntu Linux powers up

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| I haven't played with 9.10 yet, but I have used
| the most recent "stable" release, Ubuntu 9.04.
| It's a very nice operating system: graphical,
| easy to learn, and equipped, out of the gate,
| with a Web browser, e-mail client and
| productivity suite. It loaded on my system
| without crashing the main OS, and it ran well. I
| could connect to the Internet without hassle,
| and thus had a world of options open to me


KELLNER: Operating systems offer some gains

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| Let's start with Linux, or more precisely, SimplyMEPIS Linux. The 8.0
| version, available via free download at www.mepis.org, or via subscription at
| $50 a year or on a CD for either $18 in a basic package or $30 with all sorts
| of programs added. The download "subscriptions" get you updated versions as
| the year progresses.
| It's built on the Debian flavor of Linux, which is a specific set of
| interfaces and accouterments that sit on top of the Linux "kernel," or core.
| In plainer language, SimplyMEPIS is a version of Linux that claims it is easy
| to install and configure on most computers, at least those with Intel (and
| compatible) processors.


KELLNER: Linux alternatives to Windows, Mac

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| Shannon VanWagner, a computer systems administrator in Seattle, got the ball
| rolling because he believes the open-source Linux operating system is our
| computing salvation. It's free for individuals, more or less; enterprises
| will want to license a given Linux distribution, or version, in order to get
| technical support. Because it is open, Linux can be enhanced and refined by
| any number of programmers, who, in turn, share their work with others.
| And there are plenty of applications for Linux, some of which I mentioned
| last week, such as OpenOffice.org's productivity suite. There's GIMP, or the
| GNU Image Manipulation Program, which is a free competitor to Adobe's
| Photoshop. If you need Web browsing and e-mail, Mozilla.org offer versions of
| the Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail client; other browsers and e-mail
| programs abound.
| Indeed, Mr. VanWagner, whose Humans Enabled blog (www.humans-enabled.com) is
| high-octane evangelism for Linux, has links that'll help you find dozens of
| alternatives to Windows and/or Mac applications, just about all of them free
| for the downloading.


KELLNER: Competitors soften Microsoft's roar

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| The netbook phenomenon is interesting: The tiny portable computers, with
| screens as small as 8 inches, run either a low-cost version of Microsoft's
| Windows XP operating system (lower in licensing price than any of the Windows
| Vista configurations) or some flavor of the open-source Linux operating
| system, which is either free or much, much cheaper than even Windows XP.
| Either way, a lower-cost or no-cost operating system on a netbook siphons
| money from Microsoft's revenue stream.


KELLNER: Netbook or notebook: Valuable portability

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| On the Linux side, and especially for the smaller computer users in your
| world, the OLPC, or One Laptop Per Child, XO model - which runs on
| electricity and a hand-cranked battery - is a great choice at just under $400
| at Amazon.com. No, it's not the world's most sophisticated computer, but the
| only way you or I can buy one is to pay enough to let the OLPC folks give one
| to a child in the developing world. That alone makes it worthwhile.


Washington Times releases open source projects

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| The Washington Times has always focused on content. After careful review, we
| determined that the best way to have the top tools to produce and publish
| that content is to release the source code of our in-house tools and
| encourage collaboration.

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