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Re: [SuSE Linux] What DO you lose with Linux ???
- From: abrahams@xxxxxxxxxxx (Paul W. Abrahams)
- Date: Sun, 28 Mar 1999 16:29:54 -0500
- Message-id: <36FE9F52.8A2DE3F@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Bud Rogers wrote:
> (Ted Harding) <Ted.Harding@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> > Today' London "Sunday Times" feature "Innovation" (pp 10-11 of "News
> > Review", <A HREF="http://www.sunday-times.co.uk"><A HREF="http://www.sunday-times.co.uk</A">http://www.sunday-times.co.uk</A</A>> ) has an article by David Hewson
> > (of "Linux, the Program from Hell" fame) entitled "Linux wins backing of
> > computing giants".
> > His attitude to Linux is much more moderate than it was: the article
> > is basically balanced and fair, including some sound negative comment.
> Well I haven't read the article yet but from your description and the quote
> it sounds like the classic 'kiss of death' argument.
> > Comments, info, contributions, anyone?
> My response would be that basically he's right. There are many, many
> application areas that are well represented in the M$ world which we just
> don't have. Yet. But that is changing rapidly. The KDE and GNOME
> projects in particular are addressing many of those shortcomings, and they
> are not the only ones. There are a bunch of promising projects in beta
> right now that will be professional grade packages when they're finished.
> A year from now Mr. Hewson will have to look a lot harder to find things to
> pick at.
Here are a couple of examples that we may have to wait a long time for in the
1. Access to AOL
2. An income tax program like TurboTax that's fully updated every year - not
just the Top Ten forms but the whole mess of them.
I suppose people can answer "Well, I don't care about that", but much of the
home computing world does care quite a bit. That's the nut that's
particularly difficult for Linux to crack - and I like Linux as much as anyone
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