sean at seanmiller.net
Sat May 5 22:26:29 BST 2007
> OK folks, get the knives out and shoot me down in flames. (I know, I
> have mixed my metaphors).
One can dwell on the negative ("my obscure card won't work in Linux so
it's cr at p") or one can look at the positive, which is that 95% of what
most people need in a computer can be done without paying loads of money
for proprietary software and operating systems...
...and when people start realising this, and start using up-to-date
Linux distros rather than old machines with Windows 98SE (because,
perhaps, they can't afford the new ones and the ones they can afford are
unable to run Vista) the manufacturers will take note... in fact, they
already are... why do you think that Adobe has now created a Flash 9
Beta for Linux?!?! AOL have an IM client... Google Earth is available...
so is Limewire, SecondLife, most of the P2P clients and much more...
In terms of "out of the box" Linux is much better now than it was 5
years ago, as the solid core upon which it is based is gradually being
complimented by a day-by-day more friendly interface...
The key is freedom to choose... we're not railroaded into any particular
distro or any particular way of working, in the way that Microsoft and
its ilk would like us to be... if there's some feature lacking in Linux
that Microsoft's offerings have, there are sure to be hundreds if not
thousands of people out there *as we speak* working on making it happen...
...proprietary drivers for obscure devices are always going to be
difficult... but you've got to look at the "bigger picture"... the
manufacturers will sit up and listen, it is only a matter of time... and
until then, to be honest, I wouldn't give up my OS because I couldn't
get a USB Freeview card to work... I'd probably go down Argos and pay
£20 for a Freeview box and plug it in next to my computer and continue
to enjoy having a laptop that runs well, does everything I want and
isn't constantly informing Microsoft of what I'm installing...
...what a pain it would have been had the Model T Ford been mothballed
because they couldn't install a phone in it...
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