[ubuntu-us-in] Another Reason to love Open Source

Keith Karnafel keith at karnafel.com
Fri Jan 18 22:59:05 GMT 2008

I agree with you Carl. My wife was using Ubuntu for a couple of months. She
bough a new laptop for me but I ended up giving it to her so she could run
MS Money without going into VMware server and I wasn't sure I could get the
fingerprint reader going. Now it seems that daily she has some issue with
performance of the computer/ software related issue. It's funny how Vista is
much less user friendly than XP. Why is this computer so slow she asks, is
it not as good as the other one. No it has a more powerful processor and
more memory; it's just that it's running Vista. Time to show her dual
booting I guess, and that of course will require a call to India, MS, to get
it working again since that will make Vista will think it's on a different
computer. Oh well.

- Keith

On 1/18/08, Carl Marshall <cjm5229 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Vista SP1 is almost ready to be released, It will no doubt fix some of the
> problems that Microsoft was unable to fix in the five years it was under
> development, but I would be willing to bet it creates a more problems than
> it fixes.
> When you look at how far Ubuntu has come since Warty, (3Yrs?) It sure
> makes you wonder  why Microsoft and Mac seem to have such difficulty with
> their products. I think they concentrate too much on copyright protection
> and not enough on the product, that's not a problem with Open Source.
> Everything goes into development and you don't have to spend most of your
> time trying to hide what you are doing.Now if i could just wean my wife
> off of Windows I would be a happy camper.
> Carl Marshall
> *Jason Corfman <computers at corfyscorner.com>* wrote:
> That is a good point about the software models. However, there is a side
> point that you missed.
> With free software, if the software is "half-baked" upon release, you
> wait a few weeks or months and get the next version for free and try it.
> Usually, it will improve over that time (whether it has improved enough
> or not is up for debate). With proprietary software, which may cost
> hundreds of dollars or more, if the final product is "half-baked"
> (coughVISTAcough), you wait two to five years and spend hundreds of
> dollars more to get the next version.
> If I have to wait 5 years for an updated software program and pay
> upwards of $400 for the updated version, I expect it not only to be
> better than the version before it, but to also have fewer headaches with
> it than with a similar program that I didn't pay anything for .
> Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), many
> times that has not been the case.
> One of the things that made me switch to Linux was the realization that
> XP just wasn't doing what I needed it to do. Regular defrags, regular
> virus scans, regular adware/spyware scans, strong firewall, disk check
> scans, seemingly constant updates that require restarts, and yearly
> reinstall of the OS just to make it run better, and there were still
> problems that were hard to diagnose and/or track down. Ok, so I had
> troubles installing Linux for the first time that took me nearly two
> weeks to work through (part of that was my fault for being a newb and
> not knowing any better, part of that I blame on the distro, which I
> don't use anymore), and on one laptop I installed it on, I had trouble
> getting the wireless card to work (finally got it working, though, but I
> don't have that laptop anymore... the other two laptops I installed it
> on went without a hitch). Other than that, I have had zero problems with
> Linux. I definitely cannot say the same about XP.
> Jason "Corfy" Corfman
> Simón Ruiz wrote:
> > Keith,
> >
> > Copy protection schemes that get in the way of legitimate use of
> > software by the licensees is probably the single most offensive
> > problem with proprietary software, especially for free software
> > people.
> >
> > All software is going to have SOME bugs and annoying quirks that get
> > in your way.
> >
> > People used to the proprietary software model complain when free
> > software doesn't do what they expect it to and forgive proprietary
> > software for being intentionally difficult to use because it gets
> > their specific job done. On the other hand, people used to the free
> > software model complain when proprietary software does not function by
> > design and forgive free software for sometimes not being completely
> > baked before its released.
> >
> > In my humble opinion ;-)
> >
> > Simón
> >
> > On Jan 18, 2008 5:13 AM, Keith Karnafel wrote:
> >
> >> Who knows what's up with M$ but this past week my step-daughter had to
> call
> >> them twice because Genuine pain [sic] decided that she was running a
> pirated
> >> version of Vista. This will make five of six time since last fall when
> I
> >> purchased the computer for her and the grand kids that we had to call
> M$ to
> >> re-cert the computer. Oddly enough, the grand children prefer Ubuntu.
> Even
> >> the two year old knows how to reboot the computer into Ubuntu, and
> start up
> >> his favorite game, Childsplay. He also knows how to get to get to
> Nickjr on
> >> his own and play the games there. I'm afraid that kids going to be
> cracking
> >> code soon.
> >>
> >> - Keith.
> >>
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