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Old 03-12-2009, 01:09 PM
 
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John Dvorak, decades long writer/critic for PC Magazine, now says the "critical mass" (aka "tipping point" for younger folks) has finally been reached for Linux. This is despite his normal professional focus on the Windows world.

Dvorak Likes Linux - Columns by PC Magazine

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Old 03-17-2009, 07:32 PM
 
Location: SE MO
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Wow. Dvorak is still writing about computers? I was reading his stuff back in the 80s and 90s. I always thought of Dvorak as being the Jim Cramer of computers.
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:50 PM
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Location: Ohio
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He may be convinced, but I'm not. It's still far from easy to connect most hardware devices to a Linux machine.
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Cicero, NY
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He may be convinced, but I'm not. It's still far from easy to connect most hardware devices to a Linux machine.

Depends on what distro of Linux. Debian based distros (Ubuntu, Mepis) have wonderful hardware detection and driver support. Unless its some obscure piece of hardware, like a finderprint scanner, odds are it will beable to find it and install it just fine
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Old 04-27-2009, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Rochester, NY
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Depends on what distro of Linux. Debian based distros (Ubuntu, Mepis) have wonderful hardware detection and driver support. Unless its some obscure piece of hardware, like a finderprint scanner, odds are it will beable to find it and install it just fine
+1 for harware compatibility. Its really not that bad. For me the tipping point was software availibility, more specifically wine. Linux has gotton to the point where the combination of native and Wine compatible software has enabled me to use it all the time at home.

However I still think software is an area that needs to be worked on. I cannot run my work applications on it, even though it will do most everything else.
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Old 04-28-2009, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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I actually got into it because I had a netbook out of warrant when the HDD failed. Didn't have a legit Windos copy so I loaded Ubuntu. Now its what I use for my Shell scripting class projects. Love the OS and features and the fact that its not bloated.
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Old 04-28-2009, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Ubuntu is the windows of the linux world.

I personally use Arch Linux, though the learning curve is higher, you get more of a custom system once it's installed and configured. Don't join the community they got for this though unless you know about Linux as they'll tell you to "RTFM" or "Go back to Ubuntu".
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Meeami
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"Never left ubuntu". Love it and dont need folks in the open source community with that attitude anyways, Ubuntu crowd is pretty helpful all in all. Only hardware issue ive ever had is wireless and usually due to propietary drivers, so not linux's fault. Ive always been able to resolve it, but it takes longer than it should, and would in windows. Unlike the other thread where someone is saying 'anyone could build a pc', I'm 'this close' to saying anyone couldget ubuntu on their pc running. It is 'that close'. Just the same I dont think it will ever replace windows as a desktop. But makes a great server alternative, so i use the desktop to keep myself learning about it and involved with it. Works for me.
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