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[News] What Sets Apart GNU/Linux from Windows and Mac OS X

  • Subject: [News] What Sets Apart GNU/Linux from Windows and Mac OS X
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 09:59:20 +0100
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What Linux needs

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| Because what Linux needs is people who want 
| to use Linux. I said a long time ago that if 
| Linux was Windows, nobody would need Linux. 
| By corollary, if what you need is Windows, 
| donât tell me Linux has shortcomings. Linux 
| doesnât need application X, it needs someone 
| who is so prepossessed with the idea of 
| creating application X that they spearhead an 
| independent movement to duplicate it, gather 
| a few like-minded and talented peers, and as 
| a group they roll up their sleeves and get to 
| work making application X.


Apple: Simplicity taken too far?

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| One could discard such fulminating, except 
| for the fact that Google (with Android) and 
| other open-source communities are 
| increasingly focusing on delivering open-
| source software that prioritizes ease of 
| use, as Canonical's latest Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 
| (aka Lucid Lynx) release shows.


Linux Journal Insider - May 2010



Ubuntu Is Pretty Cool (My Linux Experiment)

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|     * I had an old Windows XP laptop that was slow and
|     required constant attention. One of the great
|     things about almost any Linux distribution is that
|     is small and efficient. It is often recommended as
|     a good way to get some new life out of an older
|     machine.
|     * Ubuntu makes it easy. I picked the Ubuntu
|     distribution because it was easy to figure out and
|     install. The software takes you step by step
|     through the process and even gives you the option
|     to split your hard drive so you can have both
|     Linux and Windows (or whatever) on the same
|     machine.
|     * I am not sacrificing much (if anything). As the
|     title to this post suggests, Ubuntu is pretty
|     cool. True, the user interface is a little
|     different but, having oriented myself (and pretty
|     quickly for an old guy, I am proud to say), it
|     seems a little better than Windows. It does well
|     all of the things my old Windows machine did
|     poorly. I have faster web-browsing now through my
|     trusty Firefox browser. Web apps (like Google
|     Docs) are operating system agnostic and I have yet
|     to run into a major plugin that is not also
|     available for Linux distributions. Open Office (a
|     free Office-like application) works very well with
|     most of my Office files (and others). There are
|     also tons of new productivity and gaming
|     applications to explore as well, all with little
|     (some would say no) risk of virus or malware
|     infection.

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