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Comment: Re:Linux Mint 13 (Maya) MATE desktop demo (Score 4, Insightful) 290 290

They're not going to do that. Their goal is to turn out complete projects ASAP and get paid. Certified acad drafters command high premiums so companies who employ them are willing to spend thousands on workstations. No one is interested in crippling that for politics.

Comment: Re:Linux Mint 13 (Maya) MATE desktop demo (Score 3, Insightful) 290 290

Well, I think autocad was used as an example and not as a complete list. The point being that most people expect to be able to run whatever software they need on their machines. Since most of their time is spent interfacing with proprietary software stacks at work/school and for hobby/entertainment use, linux is of limited utility. Sure, linux is fine for web browsing, but so is everything else. There's actually quite a bit of useful software out there in OSS land, but the unfortunate reality is that software is not usually the industry standard. It's certainly possible to use linux as a desktop for personal use and be productive, in fact, much more possible than it was a few years ago, but it does not replace systems that do run industry standard software like autocad/adobe/etc. Most users don't care what os they run, they just want access to the software they need to run.

Comment: Re:Productivity: The Wrong Criteria (Score 1) 156 156

How about, within reason, letting individual employees set up their environments in the way that makes them the most productive? Obviously there's some need for social interaction, but forcing its extreme on geeks who are stereotypically not that social and prone to attention deficits, is a recipe for wasteful, unproductive stress. When it comes time to push those buttons, a quiet space is required, and reasonable accommodations should be provided by the employer if the expectation is that employees be productive.

I think you're actually referring to hipsters, not geeks. They thrive on social interaction because they're inherently insecure types who need constant affirmation of their 'alternative' status.

This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.

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