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New Linux-Based Laptop For Computer Newbies 198

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the bad-software-knows-no-bounds dept.
Smivs writes "The BBC is carrying a report on how people confused and frustrated by computers can now turn to a laptop called Alex built just for them. Based on Linux, the laptop comes with simplified e-mail, web browsing, image editing and office software. Those who sign up for Alex pay £39.95 a month for telephone support, software updates and broadband access. The Newcastle-Based Broadband Computer Company who developed Alex has been working on this project for three years, and didn't immediately adopt a Linux solution — in fact, the first big trial was based on Windows. The company's Chief Technology Officer Barney Morrison-Lyons says that was never going to be the right route: 'The biggest problem with Microsoft is badly-written software — the operating system allows you to write software badly unlike Mac or Linux.' Mr. Hudson, one of the company's founders, said the company also intends to launch an application store for Alex for customers who want to add more features and functions to their computer. 'People who love Linux will be keen to develop for this,' he said."

Comment: Re:Does anyone know them? (Score 1) 93

by RandyNose (#29559153) Attached to: The First Geek Wedding At a LinuxFest

It's been a while since I don't read TOO many FUNNY comments here on slashdot.

If someone knows them please let them know they've made thousands of people happy today.

LOL? Thousands? I don't think so. A few hundred maybe at this point. We didn't do it to make slashdot. IF anyone cares... You can listen to a Linux Link Tech Show episode with me on it.

Comment: Re:Lame (Score 1) 93

by RandyNose (#29558981) Attached to: The First Geek Wedding At a LinuxFest

Those two are hideous and their gimmick wedding sickens me.

It wasn't meant to be a Gimmick. It WAS meant to be fun, and to do something be with some of our friends. - As with many things. Reality gets blown out of proportion. Assumptions are made, and the Trolls will be Trolls. I had the un-expected pleasure to have two of Linux's most respected men included in my wedding. Jon MadDog Hall AND Doug McIllroy A Gimmick, No. Fun, Yes. Geek Cred? Who Cares? If you're sickened, would you care for a trash bag?

"In the face of entropy and nothingness, you kind of have to pretend it's not there if you want to keep writing good code." -- Karl Lehenbauer