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it's a great time to get some levelling done (have you hit 80 yet?)
Because of the snow I am still waiting for my new Christmas computer to arrive, you insensitive clod!
2. How to read Linux file systems with MS Windows.
3. Write NTFS with NTFS-3G (usually already installed)
5. Use a liveCD to recover data.
6. Blogging tools...
Blogging tools? Say no more.
The redhat business model can go into overdrive in the upcoming robot-helper industry. Deployment is assisted by open hardware and software standards, and the need for professionally paid support and custom programming will create a large new market.
Just like the debate over mainframes vs thin-clients/cloud-computing, this is an old notion that waxes and wanes in cycles. Besides FORTRAN the biggest single step in trading execution speed for higher level programming was the adoption of Java, unless you include the minority of programmers who get to use a fourth generation programming language at work.
A life of growth and reproduction is fit for a plant, and satisfying bodily desires would be a fine life for an animal, and so the life that is fit for a man must satisfy that part which makes him you unique viz. his mind.
I have met many medical doctors who chose their profession because it comes with prestige and high pay, which makes them no different then the majority of the population, except for having more resources to start with. They are merely at the pinnacle of the sheeple/consumer-breeder class that slashdotters loathe!
In contrast we have mathematicians, theoretical physicists, and open source programmers who chose these professions because they want to do great work, while disregarding the low pay and low social status. These people are true thinkers, true geeks, while so many medical doctors are egomaniacs who like to chase women, drink beer, watch sports and excessively pat each other on the back (hence the kind of groupthink that makes their ability to evaluate any kind of new medical advances poor).
Hopefully Obama realizes how many theoretical research salaries can be paid with $1B and chooses to spend the money on this kind of long-term project.
1. Package managers and the ease of installing free software e.g. easy to search for without entering commercial sites laden with ads and sometimes trojans, no EULA type nag screens.
2. Better jukebox software. Amarok can easily rip music off of ipods, which is widely appreciated by non-geeks (some people have their entire music collection trapped on a single ipod, and when linux can make that ipod send its songs to the outside world they become believers).
3. Better video playback software. Even though mplayer and vlc are ported to Mac OS and MS Windows, they work best on linux e.g. smoother playback and response to controls, better OS integration, current feature set closer to developer feature set, etc.
4. Best videogame console emulators. Since many emulators are open source (with notable exceptions) they are primarily developed as linux apps with windows ports that lag behind in features. Also, WINE really does run many recently popular games.
5. Superior performance in all things hard drive related, linux is better at reading, writing, and not going into retarded fits of swapping data to the drive like MS Windows is so fond of doing.
6. Better network security, and better multi-user PC security.
7. More aesthetically and functionally customizable.
What are the current aspects which prevent linux from achieving its critical_point of adoption on the desktop this year?
a. Lack of familiarity with the OS and applications.
b. (really a corollary of 1) Some favorite applications are not availible.
The solution to both (a) and (b) is marketing, which linux does not get very much of and hence the perpetual delay of its year.