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By fluffy (Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 03:30:40 PM EST) (all tags)
Desktop Linux

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It's good by blixco (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 03:40:17 PM EST
for giving yourself a hard time.
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It's better by ucblockhead (4.00 / 5) #2 Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 04:54:05 PM EST
Than Desktop Windows.
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I know a better joke by anonimouse (4.00 / 3) #5 Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 01:50:49 AM EST
Vista Capable!!

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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Ladies and Gentlemen we have a winner. [nt] by vorheesleatherface (2.00 / 0) #20 Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 10:31:45 AM EST

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Not as funny as it used to be by marvin (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 08:34:01 PM EST
I got sick of supporting XP at home a few months ago. When I built a new PC in January, I stuck ubuntu on the new drive, leaving XP on the old drive. After transitioning my wife over a few years to using Mozilla for web and mail, and Openoffice for documents, there was no problem with the changeover. XP barfed on the hardware changes, and it took me a few weeks to get around to reinstalling/repairing and updating XP. Nobody missed it, apart from one program for updating a Epocrates, a Palm medical application that she uses.

In the past, my wife hated linux when I tried to get her to use it instead of Windows. She didn't complain at all about having to use linux this time. As I was complaining over the phone to her tonight about having to update a windows server at work and how long a reboot takes, she mentioned that she has really grown to like the multiple desktops. It wasn't like I asked, it was an unsolicited remark.

I think it is as much a function of the transition towards the web for everything. She hardly uses anything other than document editor or a browser. Linux does those two things as well as, or better than windows. It's come a long ways since I installed Redhat 4.2 from CD that I could only get via special order from our local computer shops way back in 1997.

I have fantasies about turning all of the office PCs into thin clients, with remote desktop in to the Windows 2003 server as needed for the Windows-based accounting application, and switching over to Google for mail / calendar. Apart from the fact that I don't want to leave a support headache if I were to leave my current job, I would have done it already (still easier to find windows people, though).

Windows and Linux suck about equally by fluffy (2.00 / 0) #19 Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 09:35:45 AM EST
but having to use Linux for a while when my Mac's hard drive failed drove me rather batty.  Now that my Mac is fixed I'm much happier.
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I agree by dark nowhere (4.00 / 1) #4 Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 11:08:30 PM EST
but I've come to depend on (my X window manager of choice). It's an odd feeling for sure.

See you, space cowboy.

I didn't find this amusing. by anonimouse (4.00 / 1) #6 Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 01:54:01 AM EST
Why is Desktop Linux funny?
I agree, it was a good joke when the idea first came around.

All the main systems at the $ISP are Linux (or FreeBSD) with 3 19" screen displays.

If the MiniMice and Mrs Mouse can use Linux on the desktop, I don't see why anyone else can't....

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
the minimice have no old habits to overcome by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 02:17:38 AM EST
"what I like" is easily confused with "what I'm used to".

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The Minimice by anonimouse (4.00 / 1) #8 Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 02:24:56 AM EST
can use Lunix or Windows with equal facility.

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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kids are flexible by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 02:55:28 AM EST
They also seek out novelty instead of wrapping a towel around their head and saying "that's not how we used to do it!?!!".

Out of curiosity, are they interested in how computers work, or just in how to get stuff done? I sometimes hear that "kids today" are proficient computer users but don't know or care at all about the guts.

(The mini-clovers and nieces/nephews are all too young to read, much less use vi. My only interactions with elementary school kids is fairly scripted, i.e. "get off my lawn".)

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Not interested in technicalities. by anonimouse (4.00 / 2) #12 Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 03:06:29 AM EST
Neither is really interested in computers per se. It is as a games system, web browser or media centre that they have an interest.

Mr Minimouse is quite capable of installing his own software and uninstalling it if he doesn't like it. In summary he's not afraid of the machine and will normally work out for himself how to get it to do what he wants.

When he's old enough, I will explain to him that vi is the True Editor and that Emacs advocates should be immediately burned at the stake.....

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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What you say is true by gazbo (4.00 / 1) #9 Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 02:36:41 AM EST
However, there are definite issues.  Some of them are (not that it makes a difference to the end user) the fault of vendors/driver writers, such as the guaranteed oops if I use wireless for an hour or so, or the ridiculously unaccelerated graphics.

Others are userland Linux issues, such as the lack of responsiveness for windowed apps - probably getting great throughput, but from the user's perspective it makes the box feel frustratingly slow to use.  Or the fact that after clicking an app to start it, I have no feedback to let me know it's actually starting. Cue staring at a blank screen, wondering if I should give it a few more seconds before guessing I "misclicked" and trying again.

Others are kernel issues, such as the recent update that stopped my machine shutting down at all, instead just sitting in text mode saying something about breaking IRQ affinity.

Either way, there are definite issues that make it very fucking annoying as a desktop OS.

As a server and admin platform, however, it's just great.

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I'm not really defending it, there's a lot of suck by clover kicker (4.00 / 1) #10 Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 02:49:22 AM EST
I was mostly commenting on how kids pick stuff up so easily.

I remember installing Slackware on my Pentium 90 and being really impressed with how it looked just like the Sun workstations at school.

I also remember how much I had to dick around with the X config files to get there.

Some things have improved immensely, but it isn't nearly as seamless as it should be. Some days it feels like we're approaching the tipping point, some days not so much.

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Pedants 'R'Us by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #13 Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 03:08:08 AM EST
Some days it feels like we're approaching the tipping point, some days not so much.

Isn't that the very definition of a tipping point? :-)

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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we've been wobbling at the brink for ages now by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #15 Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 03:21:05 AM EST
In 2000/2001 I honestly thought The Year Of Linux On The Desktop was right around the corner, but we all know how fun it is to complete the last 25% of a project.

All I can say is thank %DEITY% for Ubuntu, they've managed to get things moving in the right direction again after a couple of pretty stagnant years.

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[KDE|GNOME]/X11/GNU/Lunix by Rogerborg (4.00 / 2) #16 Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 05:34:49 AM EST
If you put a Chevy V8 in a Kia Rio, would you blame Chevy for the tyres exploding?

Well, sure you would, because you'd rather push a Ford than drive a Chevy.

Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.

Stop hating on the Kia by joh3n (4.00 / 1) #17 Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 06:19:31 AM EST

I just ate about 7 pounds of meat

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A better analogy by anonimouse (4.00 / 2) #18 Fri Mar 07, 2008 at 06:54:51 AM EST perhaps like saying it's trying to convert a Humvee into an about town vehicle; it can be done, but why?

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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