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2016: "You're watching the Linux Channel."
ZDNet ^ | July 24, 2008 | Jason Perlow

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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: future; linux; ubuntu; windows
Is this the future of computing?
1 posted on 07/24/2008 6:22:36 PM PDT by twntaipan
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To: twntaipan

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.


2 posted on 07/24/2008 6:26:26 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: ken21

No flying cars...


3 posted on 07/24/2008 6:30:14 PM PDT by Coffee200am ("We should all be living in mud huts and riding bicycles to avoid killing the polar bears..."/s)
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To: Coffee200am

aw...i’m disappointed!

i wanted my own electric green helicopter,

giving back energy to gore’s ma earth.


4 posted on 07/24/2008 6:33:42 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: ken21

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.


5 posted on 07/24/2008 6:38:48 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: NVDave

yep.

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.

until then...


6 posted on 07/24/2008 6:40:29 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: ShadowAce

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7 posted on 07/24/2008 7:35:11 PM PDT by KoRn (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: ken21

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.


8 posted on 07/24/2008 7:35:23 PM PDT by cizinec
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To: cizinec

thanks.

no, yo not crazy!


9 posted on 07/24/2008 7:36:57 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: cizinec
Personally, I think if any distro is going to pull it off, it will be Ubuntu.
I have to say, that distro is tight and works exceptionally well for the "end user" that would buy a PC from Best Buy.

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!)

10 posted on 07/24/2008 7:58:11 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (You will know I am dead when a news paper reoprts "The Government has Michael Barnes' guns".)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

11 posted on 07/25/2008 5:22:51 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: cizinec
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.

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!

12 posted on 07/25/2008 6:31:00 AM PDT by zeugma (Mark Steyn For Global Dictator!)
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To: cizinec

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.


13 posted on 07/25/2008 8:13:28 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: ken21

Totally wrong culture for a *nix guy. Josef would be a Windows Vista Business Ultimate metrosexual, nancy boy, yuppie.


14 posted on 07/25/2008 1:20:30 PM PDT by papasmurf (This space left blank intentionly.)
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To: twntaipan

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.


15 posted on 08/04/2008 10:56:48 PM PDT by RobRoy (This is comical)
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To: RobRoy

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.


16 posted on 11/05/2008 10:38:31 PM PST by bigdcaldavis ("Screw Kahlifornia. Gimme Kolinahr." - Me)
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To: bigdcaldavis

Do you know of a good winamp equivalent for xubuntu?


17 posted on 11/20/2008 2:37:46 PM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in the 1930's.)
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To: RobRoy

If you just want Audio, Amarok is great. Don’t know anything about xubuntu though.


18 posted on 11/20/2008 3:33:06 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: Michael Barnes
Running openSuSE 11.0 on my IBM T30 right now. A few quirks here and there, but no show stoppers, and 11.1 is due out in about 26 days.

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.

19 posted on 11/20/2008 3:37:43 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: AFreeBird

I read some stuff about xmms, but it appears to be defunct.


20 posted on 11/20/2008 3:45:49 PM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in the 1930's.)
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To: twntaipan

Will I be able to connect my “Pong” video game?


21 posted on 11/20/2008 3:49:01 PM PST by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: RobRoy
Used to use xmms until I discovered Amarok. Works great. If you're running Linux, get it and try it out.
22 posted on 11/20/2008 3:55:31 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: Michael Barnes
Personally, I think if any distro is going to pull it off, it will be Ubuntu.

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.

23 posted on 11/20/2008 4:08:07 PM PST by Big Giant Head (I should change my tagline to "Big Giant penguin on my Head")
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To: RobRoy

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.


24 posted on 12/13/2008 2:48:06 PM PST by bigdcaldavis ("Screw Kahlifornia. Gimme Kolinahr." - Me)
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To: Michael Barnes

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.


25 posted on 12/13/2008 2:58:38 PM PST by B Knotts (ConservatismCentral.com)
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To: cizinec
Now . . . off for locally brewed beer.

Yes...my garage is local. :-)

26 posted on 12/13/2008 2:59:30 PM PST by B Knotts (ConservatismCentral.com)
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To: RobRoy
I use Amarok, but if you want something like Winamp, you'll probably like xmms.
27 posted on 12/13/2008 3:01:30 PM PST by B Knotts (ConservatismCentral.com)
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To: RobRoy
You're right...I didn't know it had gone away.

Audacious seems to be a reasonable replacement.

28 posted on 12/13/2008 3:14:37 PM PST by B Knotts (ConservatismCentral.com)
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To: RobRoy

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.


29 posted on 06/10/2009 10:31:58 AM PDT by bigdcaldavis ("Screw Kahlifornia. Gimme Kolinahr." - Me)
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