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Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 1154 1154

For every new wave of computing - mainframe, minicomputers, PC, client-server, web 1.0, web 2.0, cloud - there has been this talk about the immediate disappearance of the previous wave(s). It just never happened. Mainframes and Cobol are still - some 50-60 years after they first appeared on the market - in demand.

Linux on the desktop/laptop appeals to people experienced in computing using laptops or desktops. That's a nice & that's good - it's a defined target group and they know what they want! It's large enough for now; millions of users and it's growing with a growing total market. With a keyboard and large screen you want a functioning desktop - not something targeting phone or tablet users. You want a stable, secure OS, applications, efficient use & supportive community. Sounds like Linux to me.

MS is in terminal decline. They will disinvest in the desktop, not enough money there; they are targeting servers applications and will be forced to open up in order to support "bring your own device".

It's a mistake to exclusively target the Linux desktop for phones and pads. Wrong kind of users. Go for the laptops and desktops. Lots of old hardware out there with XP on it that won't run Win7/Win8 either because of hardware or license costs. And there are plenty of disgruntled MS users around. Preinstalled and easy install is key.

Comment: Re:Sauce for the gander (Score 5, Insightful) 794 794

Well, I terminated both my account at PayPal and Amazon today

That's called voting with my feet

Think you guys in the US should watch out for your free speech rights; doesn't sound good when Library of Congress starts to block sites; sounds more like China to be honest.

Comment: Re:Stop spreading that false FUD (Score 2, Informative) 423 423

... and further to that; Swedish police are unable to confirm that this took place at all... ... and from the same source; servers in the ring where accessible by non-anonymous ftp.

I agree; likely to be an imaginary event.

Comment: Re:Snarky article (Score 1) 293 293

Where I live I can have broadband via fiber, adsl, ca-tv, or 3G. So in my case, it's not a monopoly
Where my brother lives, which is in the countryside, it's different. None of the major telcos where too interested in pulling fiber even to the nearest phone station. So, the local government financed and contracted a company to build a dark-fiber network plus run a basic IP-infrastructure on top. This community is now connected to several telcos, so that each subscriber can sign up to the telco he/she prefers while the local network is still community-owned and neutral.

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.