No Linux: what’s your excuse?
Yesterday John Headstrong, an old friend and supporter of Bristol Wireless, posted the following on his Twitter feed:
My 6 year old son is currently installing Ubuntu. What is your excuse for not installing it ? #ubuntu
Ubuntu Linux: so simple a 6 year-old can install it.
Excuses below in the comments please. 😀
It’s always been simple, I installed red hat when I was 8 😉 I’m now on my way to a fully *nix household.
I play games that don’t run under WINE, and have a soft spot for developing in Visual Studio 2008. Also, the UI for Office 07 frankly blows both OpenOffice and KOffice out of the water.
Fair point about the games Nathan. Have you tried Cedega? It’s a shame there isn’t a greater selection of games available for *nix platforms and perhaps penguinistas ought to be lobbying games developers for more variety and porting their stuff.
I cannot comment on your development activities, but as regards office suites, their primary role is to let one do one’ work with a minimum of interference; I’ve been using Office since Windows for Playgroups 3.11 days (and word processors in particular since before the widespread adoption of GUIs) and it’s got more of a nuisance and bloated over time. Open Office and KOffice also use open file formats, not the closed proprietary formats into which so much of industry, government and others have been locked into.
That’s more than fair enough of course, and whilst WINE and Cedega have made huge and really quite remarkable strides towards allowing Windows applications to run freely in a Linux system, they are of course far from being flawless. I do make significant use of Linux of course (or I likely wouldn’t have found this blog!) but as much as I do, I’d see it as an alternative platform which is preferable depending on the users’ individual needs, rather than a wholesale Windows replacement.
Agree, there’s no real excuse anymore. I dont care about the office 2007 ribbon menu, in fact after using CRUNCHBANG#! and seeing “one week at 100mhz” on a blog using a bunch of terminal window type things, i might downgrade to that. Get closer to the machine!
I’m quite happy the way things are. Linux is used by those who appreciate it. Sometimes we forget that market domination isn’t the aim.