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Thursday, March 23, 2006

  Vista delay the last best hope for Linux on the Desktop?

Buying a computer or laptop is an either/or proposition. Either you spend a few extra bucks and get a Mac, or you get a PC built around the increasingly antiquated Windows XP.

I don't understand the appeal of getting a x86 based Mac, which has like, no software on it that runs natively, when for less money I can get a Linux box that has thousands more applications available, and a reasonable mouse. But that's mindshare for ya.

Now Windows Vista is delayed past the 2006 selling season.

Back in my days of fire-y Linux advocacy I'd be screaming that this. is. the. biggest. opportunity. Linux. has. ever. had. to be viable on the desktop, to take over an entire market segment this christmas, and why weren't the manufacturers gearing up to take advantage of this next big thing?

Hasn't the supremacy of Linux's development model been thoroughly proved yet?

But I'm tired, and, gorgous as it is, FC5 doesn't play mp3s by default, or, for that matter, wmvs, or support jack (so it could easily do voip and skype), and I just plain can't force myself to care about Desktop Linux for the Masses today.

I confess to having just booted up an XP box to do my taxes, and had a marvelous time watching wmvs from atom...
 
Comments:
If playing MP3s by default is your benchmark, why did
you pick FC5?

The issue isn't FCs ability to play MP3s, it is the
legal system of which, RH doesn't wish to run afoul.

Don't like it? Blame your government. Not those who
are working hard not to run wide of the legal
line.

FC is fine for some things. There are much better
linux desktop alternatives out there. Much better.
 
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