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Posted on 07/24/2008 6:22:34 PM PDT by twntaipan
July 24th, 2016.
Josef Konsumer, a home-based employee and portfolio manager for ICBC/CiticorpChase, a Chinese-owned multinational investment bank, wakes up to hear his alarm clock go off at 8am, and gets out of bed, his 47-year old body aching from an aggressive personal trainer session from the day before. His morning double espresso with frothed skim milk and mocha is already waiting for him, thanks to his new Korean-made LG RoboCafe, which brews and extracts a perfect crema every time using pre-portioned, mess-free nitrogen-sealed pods imported from Brazil. He considers nudging his wife, Mindy, to get up and make him breakfast, but decides to leave her alone. Best not to wake sleeping dragons.
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why would anyone want to pay $120.00 a month for 200 tv channels with nothing on them and voip?
linux has got a way to go before it becomes ubiquitous.
No flying cars...
i wanted my own electric green helicopter,
giving back energy to gore’s ma earth.
Linux has to get a consistent user interface and (even more than that) a consistent idea of how their user interface is supposed to act to be more successful.
I’ve done a lot of work on Unix of many flavors, and have always liked it as a programming system, but when you turn it over to people who just want to use a system to get work done.... the gulf in UI shows up really quickly.
i took a unix class.
but i don’t use it.
and when i look at linux, it doesn’t work for me like vista or mac do.
1. I love Linux. It can do anything a winders box can and way more with half the fuss. It has its quirks. You’re just *used* to dealing with the quirks from winders.
2. The power of Linux is its flexibility. I don’t *have* to have one unified GUI handed down from some snot-nosed jerk in an ivory tower. I get to pick the one I want. Most people want the same burger in every town. Good for them. That’s why they pay big bucks for .5 the OS. Have you ever really used KDE? I can’t imagine anyone saying Vista is better.
3. No way in heck am I drinking *pod* coffee. Pod coffee is crap. Roasted within two weeks at the most and ground for less than 1 minute before the shot is pulled. Pod coffee is a future I want to skip.
Linux isn’t for everybody. That’s the whole freaking point. I love the thing, but it’s not for you. Fine. I think you’re crazy and you probably think I’m crazy. No big deal. It’s just the market.
Now . . . off for locally brewed beer.
no, yo not crazy!
Myself, I am a SuSE guy.
I still can't peg the reason, but OpenSuSE nabbed me. I bought a laptop that had Vista pre-loaded. Took it for a test drive for a week and was simply red in the face pissed at the end of the week. Installed OpenSuSE 10.3 and everything worked (even the embedded webcam!).
I am now on 11.0. It is quirky here and there; but I am very satisfied so far.
To new Linux users, I say dual boot at first. Get your windows and your linux on. Eventually, Linux will nab you (especially when you start realizing how much crap you leave open and the box still runs along as happy as can be!)
No freaking doubt. I roast my own, and it makes a huge difference IMO. Thank God I can finally have coffee that is not burned!
Come on, pod coffee is good for a quick, convenient fix if you get a decent brand. But for when there’s time I still like it recently roasted, fresh ground (not murdered in a coffee whacker, ground in a mill) and in the French press.
Totally wrong culture for a *nix guy. Josef would be a Windows Vista Business Ultimate metrosexual, nancy boy, yuppie.
I’m posting this from my 700mhz pentium III using ubuntu live. It’s taken a while, but vista pushed me over the edge. I’m getting my wife a new laptop and loading ubuntu and Open office. I’m even dumping XP Pro on this machine. If I can get cakewalk sonar to work with Wine on my studio PC, I’ll be taking xp pro off that one as well.
If you find Ubuntu to be too bloated, try Xubuntu. It uses a lighter desktop environment but is still as functional as Ubuntu. Xubuntu is my distro of choice. I’d recommend Xubuntu 8.04 over Xubuntu 8.10 because not only is 8.04 supported for 36 months while 8.10 is supported for 18 months, but 8.10 is sluggish compared to 8.04. 8.04 is pretty fast on this nearly 4 year old laptop.
Do you know of a good winamp equivalent for xubuntu?
If you just want Audio, Amarok is great. Don’t know anything about xubuntu though.
The nice thing about Linux and X is the flexibility in UI, even running apps on remote machines with their UI routed through your local UI with nothing more than a SSH login.
I read some stuff about xmms, but it appears to be defunct.
Will I be able to connect my “Pong” video game?
You're probably right, but only because it's got a good marketing campaign, if you can call it that. Linux=Ubuntu=linux in many people's minds. I don't like Ubuntu very much, and every time I get the idea that I want to try it again, it ticks me off.
I'm a PCLinuxOS guy. I'm always smiling when I load it onto a machine, set up the wireless, and it's all humming. I LOVE not having to get up, dig through the pile of disks looking for the printer driver disk like I have to with Windows. I just add printer, and it finds the printer. People that are afraid to switch from Windows are really missing out. Linux is no longer "hard" or geeky. I don't EVER use the command line. Not ever. I have to do command line, and I'll drop that distro, Ubuntu included.
I know of two: VLC (also lets you watch Shoutcast TV video streams) and Rhythmbox (lets you add/bookmark Shoutcast radio streams). Exaile should also work.
Yes, among people I know, Ubuntu is appearing on computers at a surprising pace.
I like Debian, myself.
Between Linux and Mac OS, Vista is driving a lot of migration, it seems.
Yes...my garage is local. :-)
Audacious seems to be a reasonable replacement.
For Xubuntu, I’d pick either Rhythmbox, Exaile, Listen, Amarok, or the Beep Media Player. XMMS is a straight-forward clone of Winamp, but development of that stopped a long time ago, so I wouldn’t recommend it.
However, you can install Winamp on Xubuntu provided you have a fairly-recent version of Wine (along with Wine Gecko). The latest version of Wine is 1.1.23. It supports a LOT of Windows-based programs.
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