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Comment: Re:Stop underselling Linux (Score 1) 270 270

Yeah, I agree. With your average "lay" PC user's impending transition to what I assume could be called "next-gen" operating systems, having to learn an all new operating system like Vista or Mac OS X shouldn't be that much different from using Ubuntu. At my university, I hear kids spouting the virtues of Mac OS X and how it "doesn't get viruses" and I believe that same line of thought could point them in the direction of Linux. Especially when you can explain to them how all of this free kick-ass software gets included; OpenOffice (IMO way better than Office 2007), GAIM, Firefox; and with the quickly maturing desktop environment, I think that a company like Dell having Linux pre-installed would definitely make widespread adoption more feasible. The only reason I don't run Linux on my desktop is for gaming, and if I could get my old HP notebook working worth a damn, I'd use it for taking notes in class and use Linux. (HDD appears to be shot so OS installation is a bitch, and battery life maxes out at like half an hour, but running Ubuntu from the CD makes it a fully operational computer, even sound, and FreeSpire, while lacking support for my proprietary onboard soundcard, recognizes my Linksys wireless card right out of the box.)

Getting the job done is no excuse for not following the rules. Corollary: Following the rules will not get the job done.

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