What happened, did you bring Hemos back or something? He was always the worst for this kind of nonsense.
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It is an interesting fact, no two multi-earth-sized snowflakes are identical.
It is perfectly understandable for a business to avoid spending a lot of money building a Linux-specific version.
However - what they should do is add Wine as one of their officially supported "windows" platforms. For example, they can guarantee that a stock Ubuntu 10.04 desktop will be able to load their software with just one pre-requisite: apt-get install wine.
They license per-core, so more cores per CPU can be more costly.
I have been waiting in anticipation for ATI's driver to be usable. I play Warcraft and use VDPAU so I will unfortunately have a tough time being an early adopter
Secure document management, electronic signatures, and many other features, using a SaaS model like Salesforce
Ubuntu does the best job of a simple consistent desktop, and their installer "just works".
Linux Mint is my favorite - it is 99.9% Ubuntu, but out of the box they install DVD support, media codecs, Flash, Java, and have a more Windows-like start menu.
They were just a smaller laptop. Certainly, blurring the lines is going to happen.
Same thing happened to me, I bought a DVR after I had been a customer for many years. A year after I bought the DVR I switched to Dish but DirecTV wanted to bill me for another year of service. I still get calls about it and that was like 4 years ago.
These guys are just weaselly in general.
No weird problems like this at all. I didn't do an upgrade though, it was a fresh Alpha 5 install.
I will never do an operating system upgrade - it seems too risky.
These were engineered to last forever and parts are cheap & plentiful on eBay
Downside - big & ugly, my wife hates it.
I did a little bit of research, but it didn't seem like a good open source platform to play with. I couldn't find a site with publicly downloadable dev tools and there were app-store-like restrictions. If it isn't any better than my Motorola Ming (cool phone in its day but a huge disappointment) then why bother?
As a hard core open source advocate, I don't see any reason to use Android - I am going to wait for the Nokia N900 to compare.
I would expect that the BSD product is similar in design - basically chroot on steroids.
I don't even have time to respond to the original poster. Most of his complains are just completely ridiculous - and many (such as differences between distros) are a strength rather than a weakness!
The only valid complaint about Linux is that maybe it takes some time to learn a new OS (same as if you jumped from Windows to Mac) and the lack of native app support (Wine/Crossover/Cedega covers 99% of this problem).
I haven't read the whole article, but the issue that the poster mentioned - sound hardware problems - are simply not a valid complaint when it comes to mass market Linux.
Mac & Windows generally come pre-installed on compatible hardware. If you try something like the Dell Ubuntu models things work great. It is a miracle that Ubuntu runs so well on the range of hardware that it supports - I would like to see Mac do that.