Re: Linux has a long way to go before it becomes the major OS
From: Fred Emmott (pcfreak65_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2004 09:18:04 +0000
after checking the article actually exists at the given url:
"Now, if only they could get the word processor's basic "cut and paste"
feature to work."
1) I just copied and pasted that from the article
2) Either he is just making it up, or he doesnt know how to use his mouse,
or is assuming the keyboard shortcuts are the same as windows - which they
are if you tell it to - he probably doesn't know how
3) GPM works for just about anything - select text, middle click where you
want to paste it.
"It's a big pile of lumber with no agreed-upon standards," complained White,
president of St. Paul, Minnesota-based software company CodeWeavers.
LSB, FHS etc - united linux is a proposed standard (although not popular atm
as SCO is a member, however so is SUSE)
how about windows's open standards?
1) Active Directory
"Linux desktops need a little more work to be consistent," said Jack
Messman, chairman and chief executive of Novell Inc. "I don't know how much
of that will come about this year."
Consistency - just look at SUSE or RedHat bluecurve - how more consistent
can you get?
Windows - most popular "home user" programs are skinned, to be inconsistent
with their desktop eg winamp, even windows media player!
"Its users are required to share the computer code they create."
Bullshit. It's users are required to share the computer code they create
only if they CHOOSE to license it under a gpl-style license.
"Office documents created using Microsoft Windows PCs can be saved and
reopened on Linux PCs without suffering the sort of software conflicts that
cause programs to crash. This mundane compatibility is a crucial test of
Linux's viability as a potential replacement for Windows. "
More specifically - "software conflicts that cause programs to crash" -
what is this to do with running MS Office? i have never had a problem with
an MS office document in OOo 1.1
"Market research company International Data Corp., of Framingham,
Massachusetts, estimates that paid shipments of Linux rose to 2.8 percent
of desktop operating systems in 2002, up from 1.7 percent two years
earlier. But that is still below the approximately 3 percent share of No. 2
ranked Apple Computer Inc., which more than a decade ago gave up trying to
compete directly with Microsoft. "
note "paid shipments" - ie this is completely ignoring people who have:
1) Done an FTP install of something like SuSE
2) Downloaded ISO images
3) Installed from a friends cd
Looks like the author has no idea what they are talking about.