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Author Topic: SJVN: Linux set to dominate low-end PC  (Read 10212 times)
nubcnubdo
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« on: December 07, 2007, 11:03:38 pm »

Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols foresees Linux making significant gains in low-end PC market, business and desktop.
http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS2414535067.html

counterpoint: You say you want a revolution?
http://blogs.eweek.com/brooks/content/platforms/you_say_you_want_a_revolution.html
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2007, 03:21:29 am »

Oh, it's just that time of the year again... this is the year of the linux desktop!

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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2007, 07:55:35 am »

And once all the buzz has died down it'll be business as usual. However since 04 things HAVE been steadily improving in linux desktop. Is it 'there' yet? Possibly, but I honestly can't see it. Its close, and it does what I want while looking spiffy on a machine that's only got a 140 watt power supply.

Edit: I think the keyboard's starting to wear out(cheap piece of junk) or I'm just not hitting the space bar hard enough.
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2007, 08:19:41 am »

Oh, it's just that time of the year again... this is the year of the linux desktop!

I see the increasing usage of Linux as a kind of gradual process. In other words, there will be no discrete 'Year of Linux'. If and when that comes, we will take it for granted because the change from the year before will have been so small. To hope for such an event is silly.
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2007, 08:15:44 pm »

Granted there's a lotta inertia in the computer industry, and SJVN's assumption that consumers and businesses are rational is, uh, presumptuous, Microsoft still seems to be unconcerned with the mega-tonnage of decent computer equipment it is leaving behind. And the low-end PC industry is probably going to continue and grow. I just can't see myself spending $1000 for two instants improvement in response time (which is more than offset by running Vista). What's more, I don't have $1000 for a new computer. I got $1000 for fixing my car, but not for a computer I don't need. What does Vista do that I can't do on Linux, or Windows 2000?

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If it ever happens, you can't say we didn't see it coming.
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2007, 10:22:24 am »

In the UK the supermarket giant Tesco has started to sell low end Linux machines - something of a first as far as I know...

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.200-3224.aspx

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.200-6129.aspx

Typically both machines are out of stock...
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2007, 05:42:45 am »

heres a video review of the eee:

http://www.cnettv.co.uk/technology/dialogue-box/episode-8-asus-eee-the-sequel-10000128.htm

and this if you find it interesting:
http://www.cnettv.co.uk/technology/dialogue-box/episode-4-how-the-asus-eee-stole-hearts-10000049.htm
Dialogue Box peers into the future — and the present's pretty good too, with Asus's new £200 laptop.
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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2007, 06:00:49 am »

Linux boxes are being sold at the local 'wallmart' since a few years ago. They are, well..., I don't know where this guys buy those Pentium III for distributing. They are very cheap for us. They came with a proprietary Argentinian distro called Rxart. The license cost about us$ 20. The distro is quite good. Not like vector, but good Smiley. I am amazed with the work on hardware support. They have support for winmodems, including the very bad usb adsl modems used here. They just work out of the box with minimal intervention of the user.
I am sure the system would be not of my liking, (based in debian, wizards for everything) but it is pro and very polished. I think is another probe that linux can be user friendly, and also a good business. The company developing all this stuff looks healthy and it is expanding the business in all Southamerica. I think I will buy it to take a deep look.
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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2007, 06:25:04 am »

Thanks for the vid links Blurry.  Rumor has it that Santa Clause might be bringing me a low end laptop a bit after Christmas.  Low end is all I need as I need to be practical and use the PC for the more demanding things.  I'm having trouble accepting only 4 gigs of storage though.  Undecided
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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2007, 10:49:38 am »

Still, its something good to take wherever to do your writing or browsing on. Pity about the battery life being kinda ehhh.
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« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2007, 10:56:45 am »

Thanks for the vid links Blurry.  Rumor has it that Santa Clause might be bringing me a low end laptop a bit after Christmas.  Low end is all I need as I need to be practical and use the PC for the more demanding things.  I'm having trouble accepting only 4 gigs of storage though.  Undecided
ooh,i want one of those too  Tongue
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« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2007, 11:57:02 am »

Thanks for the vid links Blurry.  Rumor has it that Santa Clause might be bringing me a low end laptop a bit after Christmas.  Low end is all I need as I need to be practical and use the PC for the more demanding things.  I'm having trouble accepting only 4 gigs of storage though.  Undecided
ooh,i want one of those too  Tongue

Oh, ok, so we are three Exeter, I want mine in pink please.
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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2007, 08:20:18 pm »

Dude!  Are you freaking serious? Pink?  We're gonna match!   Cheesy  *shudder*
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« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2007, 01:30:55 am »

Over the weekend I had my sister's machine to play with.  Her version of windows was horribly corrupted, and the on board graphics was dead.  So using the graphics card from my dead machine and using the ram from my dead machine I reinstalled Windows XP and dual booted it with the latest RC of Vector.   When I told her this she was mildly interested but her children were very interested.  Apparently amongst goth teenagers in Tenby (small town in West Wales) Linux is very very cool.  All my nieces friends are dual booting at the moment and arguing over the merits of Ubuntu and PCOS - I get the feeling my sister will find that she will not be able to get to her machine for all my nieces friends trying it out :-)  Maybe there is hope out there yet.
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« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2007, 01:42:14 pm »

Thanks for the vid links Blurry.  Rumor has it that Santa Clause might be bringing me a low end laptop a bit after Christmas.  Low end is all I need as I need to be practical and use the PC for the more demanding things.  I'm having trouble accepting only 4 gigs of storage though.  Undecided
ooh,i want one of those too  Tongue

Oh, ok, so we are three Exeter, I want mine in pink please.
a black one for me,please  Grin
seriously,if i hadnt used my money on that tablet,i'd totally buy that mini laptop.
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