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[News] Cory Doctorow Moved from Macs to GNU/Linux, Other Linux Love Stories

  • Subject: [News] Cory Doctorow Moved from Macs to GNU/Linux, Other Linux Love Stories
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2010 17:11:28 +0100
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Cory Doctorow: What I Do

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| Operating system: Iâm using Ubuntu, a version 
| of the free and open GNU/Linux operating system 
| that is designed to be easy to use and maintain 
| for non-techy people. I was once a Unix 
| sysadmin, but it has been a long time, and I 
| wouldnât hire me to do it today. Ubuntu Just 
| Works. I recently had cause to install Windows 
| XP on an old ThinkPad and found that it was 
| about a hundred times more complicated than 
| getting Ubuntu running. When I transitioned to 
| Ubuntu from the MacOS, I had a week or twoâs 
| worth of disorientation, similar to what 
| happened after we renovated the kitchen and 
| changed where we kept everything. Then the OS 
| just disappeared, and it has stayed 
| disappeared, breaking in ways that are neither 
| more severe nor more frequent than any other OS 
| Iâve ever used.


My experience with GNU/Linux professionally and personally

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| I am writing this out of my close 
| association with GNU/Linux for quite 
| sometime.I have had been using it everywhere 
| to do my day to day work.
| First I have started or introduced to the 
| UNIX system way back in 1996 during my 
| Diploma classes.One day I was sitting in 
| front of a blank and black terminal in the 
| classroom ;so my instructor came to me and 
| said " why are you sitting idle"...I replied 
| back with a pretty confusing face that " I 
| am not able to understand what to do with 
| this(the black and blank terminal)..with 
| small cursor blinking on it". My 
| teacher/instructor smile at me(rightfully) 
| and said " Bhaskar it is challenging you to 
| play with it and waiting for your 
| intervention"..that spark me!! From that day 
| onward I fall in love with that fellow 
| called "UNIX".Yes,it was SCO UNIX ..those 
| days it was used in almost all the 
| academia.Oh yes before that incident happen 
| I was given a book or two about UNIX 
| operating system and I went through them 
| ..but little infer.
| [...]
| Basically corporate houses buy or run 
| something which is quite stable and proven 
| track record and should have paid 
| support.The reason behind this is that 
| business data are absolutely crucial to the 
| business and which will fetch revenue with 
| that.
| I had have the exposure of handling 
| production box running RHEL(Enterprise 
| version of REDHAT), SLES(SUSE Enterprise 
| version),CentOS(derived from RHEL source) 
| and to my surprise! Gentoo for one of my job 
| assignment.And in the very same place Debian 
| for hosting server.


A year from today Microsoft will lack a majority market share.

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| In the past twelve months Windows market share went from 88.09% to 83.11%. The Windows 
| XP product, which continues to hold the 
| largest market share went from 69.74% to 
| 49.95% of the total desktop operating system 
| market share. The trend is showing as people 
| divest from older Microsoft technologies, 
| they do not âupgradeâ to Windows Vista or 
| Windows 7.
| The next 12 months will bring a new breed of 
| tablets and notebooks which will run  Ubuntu 
| on ARM. These will sell like hot cakes so 
| that people can watch Googleâs youtube and 
| play games of Facebook. The desktop is over, 
| even in the corporate sector.



Why I won't buy an iPad (and think you shouldn't, either)

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| Danny O'Brien does a very good job of
| explaining why I'm completely uninterested in
| buying an iPad -- it really feels like the
| second coming of the CD-ROM "revolution" in
| which "content" people proclaimed that they
| were going to remake media by producing
| expensive (to make and to buy) products. I
| was a CD-ROM programmer at the start of my
| tech career, and I felt that excitement,
| too, and lived through it to see how wrong
| I was, how open platforms and experimental
| amateurs would eventually beat out the
| spendy, slick pros.
| I remember the early days of the web --
| and the last days of CD ROM -- when there
| was this mainstream consensus that the web
| and PCs were too durned geeky and
| difficult and unpredictable for "my mom"
| (it's amazing how many tech people have an
| incredibly low opinion of their mothers).
| If I had a share of AOL for every time
| someone told me that the web would die
| because AOL was so easy and the web was
| full of garbage, I'd have a lot of AOL
| shares.
| And they wouldn't be worth much.

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