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Comment: Re:What's still keeping me away (Score 1) 1348

by salmacis2 (#33932882) Attached to: Desktop Linux Is Dead

I've long believed that the way for linux to succeed on the desktop is to focus on one distribution only. Push the Ubuntu brand, rather than linux. We need a company like Apple, that makes it's own hardware and makes sure Ubuntu is optimised for it.

Geeks will still be able to install other distros, but for the mass-market, the confusion of different distros must disappear. Software vendors should only have to worry about packages for Ubuntu - if the community wants to create packages for other distros then fine.

As much as I hate to say it, we need software like Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and iTunes ported. (I myself have an iPhone, and the non-iTunes alternatives are sketchy at best.) I know free alternatives exist, but linux won't be taken seriously until the major software packages are available. Games would be nice, but the Mac managed without them for years, so I see that as less important.

Comment: Just federal employees? (Score 5, Insightful) 236

by salmacis2 (#29615439) Attached to: Obama Bars Federal Workers From Texting and Driving
What? Texting and driving isn't already illegal in the USA? It's illegal in the UK, and quite right too. A car is a lethal weapon if you are not paying attention - and it's impossible to compose a text message while simultaneously maintain the necessary level of attention to driving.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.